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Young Man bags two years jail term in Kaduna for Cyber Crime

The Kaduna State Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of Jesse Joshua Kassah to two years imprisonment.

Kassah was jailed by Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, after pleading guilty to a one-count charge bordering on impersonation upon being arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The lone count charge reads;

“That you, Jesse Joshua Kassah (a.k.a Devaun Smith Wayne), (M) between January to October 2023 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, committed an offense, to wit; falsely presented yourself as Devaun Smith Wayne; a USA military personnel and ticket salesman on Facebook (an online social media application) to one Caitlin Morgan and which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.

Justice Khobo thereafter, convicted and sentenced Kassah to two years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine. The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the Samsung Galaxy A02 phone which was used to commit the offence, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Kassah’s journey to the Correctional Centre started when he was arrested in the Karji area of Kaduna for internet-related offences. Investigations showed that he impersonated an American soldier, Devaun Smith Wayne and used his identity to defraud his victims in the process.