Debest Osarumwense, mother of an internet fraudster, Endurance Osarumwense, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice M. S. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City.
Debest was indicted by the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission on a one count charge for helping her son to earn the sum of N91,296,150 (Ninety One Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Naira) prevailing earnings of his internet fraud activities.
The charge against her reads: “that you, Debest Osarumwense (f) sometime between 2nd January 2020 and December 2021 in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did take possession of the total sum of N91,296,150.00(Ninety One Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-six Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Naira)
knowing that same represent proceeds of Endurance Osarumwense (your son) criminal conduct to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 17(b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment) Act 2004”.
Due to her appeal, the prosecution counsel, I. K.Agwai asked the court to sentence her consequently.
Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years imprisonment with an alternative of N1 million fine.
She is also to lose the balance in her bank account to the Federal Government of Nigeria