By Wilson UWUJAREN, Head Media and Publicity EFCC Abuja/
KWARA– JUSTICE Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has sentenced a 24-year-old fashion designer, Muhammed Ayub and two others to six years imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent funds.
The two others are Odelade Samuel and Olowokere Jamiu. The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 arraigned trio on separate charges, to which they pleaded guilty.
Count one of the charge against Odelade reads “That you, Odelade Samuel sometime between January 2021 and December 2022 in Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did knowingly had under your control the gross sum of Three Million, Five Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Nine Naira Only)(3,513,549) paid into your Union Bank Account no 0123132913 which is reasonably suspected to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319(A) of the penal code law and punishable under the same Section.”
Upon the guilty pleas by the defendants, Sesan Ola and Rashidat Alao who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the Commission reviewed the facts of the cases through witnesses who are operatives of the EFCC.
In his judgment, Justice Yusuf said the prosecution had established the essential ingredients of the cases to warrant the conviction of the defendants. The Judge sentenced Ayub to six months imprisonment with option of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) and ordered that one iPhone 7, one apple iPhone 12 and the sum of $700 (Seven Hundred USD) which the convict raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government. The court also ordered the convict to bring the sum of $250 (Two Hundred and Fifty USD) as restitution
Similarly, Odelade bagged six months imprisonment on each of the two counts with option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The judge ordered that one iPhone 12 Pro Max, HP laptop and a Lexus Car and the sum of N780,000 (Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira Only) which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.
In the same vein, Justice Yusuf sentenced Olowokere to six months imprisonment with option of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) on each count. The court ordered the forfeiture of convict’s iPhone 11 and the sum of $1350 (One Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty USD) to Federal Government.