Crown Uzama, also known as Shallipopi, a popular TikTok musician, has been convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.
On Friday, June 23, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kaduna Zonal Command won the conviction of Shallipopi and five others.
They were hauled before Justice A. Isiaka on separate one-count criminal impersonation accusations.
The offences, according to the EFCC prosecutor, violate Sections 142 (1), 57, and 308 of the Kaduna Penal Code Law, 2017 and are punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.
Uzama (aka Shallipopi and Miller Maxwell) was convicted alongside Favour Chidiogo Emmanuel a.k.a Kate Banks, John Joseph aka Avail Hollywood, Joel Kator alias Alfred Hudson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman Temidayo aka Miss Katie Official and Bethel Makuochukwu alias Violetqmartinez. Makuochukwu had two weeks earlier been convicted for money laundering. They all pleaded guilty to the charges.
The prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye, M. Arumeni, M.U Gadaka and K.S Ogunlade urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment each with the option of fines.
In addition, they are to forfeit all electronic gadgets, furniture and other items recovered from them, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The defendants were arrested at various locations in Kaduna upon intelligence received by the Command.
EFCC disclosed that its investigation established they had impersonated foreign nationals and used the false identities to defraud unsuspecting victims.