A fast rising Nigerian comedian Saint Taiwo, whose real name is Agboola Taiwo, has accused EFCC operatives of wrongfully arresting him and tarnishing his image over a crime he knew nothing about.
On February 27th, EFCC secured a four month conviction for Taiwo after he was found guilty of impersonation.
The charge against him read
”that you Agboola Taiwo (a.k.a Mary Ceaser) sometime in November, 2018, at Awa-Ijebu, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently impersonated by presenting yourself to be Katherine Bishop, a white female via your mail sent to one James, a United States of America citizen through your email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015”
However, he has released a statement on IG claiming that the allegation against him is false. Read what he wrote below:
”My name is Agboola Taiwo, I am a qualified youth and responsible citizen of this country and I make my daily living as a Stand up comedian and wedding MC. I was at the point of arrest at Ago Iwoye where I was invited as a guest comedian for a school concert where 34 oou student where arrested by @officialefcc ibadan zone for cyber crime..Good job well done by the Efcc, that was my mindset before until I got to their office and discover many things heeding to many Nigerians.
They investigated me for 2 good weeks and find nothing implicating on my phone and bank statement but they never release me because they where up to something. Maybe because they have posted our pictures online tagging everyone as an Internet fraudster and they know I will charge them to court if they release me as innocent so they manage to find an empty Gmail on my phone which is not even updated and connected to any of my 2sim and they charge me for impersonation just because the picture on the Gmail is an Oyibo woman, so I was made to write statement under duress (threat) so I was remanded with the oou students at abeokuta prison.
Later their lawyer (Efcc) told us to do plea bargain with them so they can release us so as a student, we can’t afford to loose our education, so we pleaded guilty under plea bargain because we have already spent up to 3month in prison, our parent are already lean and cried everyday, borrowing money up and down.. After our release they forfiet all our properties, both phones, cars and laptops and because I was the only one without a car or laptop or iPhone among all of us, their lawyer did not want to accept my plea bargain until they asked my mum to bring 30k to join the phone so she did and I was sentenced 4month, tho am out now but that didn’t satisfy them, they started sending my pictures to top blogs in Nigeria to spoil my name, forgotten that I am a student and a fellow Nigeria, my picture was everywhere..I lost my education, my job and my parent are rolling in debt, my mum became ulcer and hypertensive patients and I lost all my clients, my video, my materials and important information in my phone…NOW HEAR MY VOICE NIGERIA @THECOMMENT BOX?????
please we need you people to help make our voice audible, don’t be scared, save your brothers…… Efcc are arresting only Yoruba and igbo youth, I was their victim, spent 3month in prison for a crime I know nothing about………. They have spoil my name please I need to clean my self up, because they will keep spoiling Yoruba and igbo youth names if we don’t speak up now, I know their secret, I have read a lot about them, they are up to something, 90% of them are hausa….. Please HEAR MY VOICE NIGERIA