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Fake Crude Oil Merchant Bags 21 Years In Lagos

 


Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has

convicted and sentenced a fake crude oil merchant, Adesanya Olufemi, to twenty-one

year imprisonment, for defrauding a lady, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, the sum of N33,

617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira only).

The convict was arraigned by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, (EFCC), alongside one Awojobi Ganiu, on December 11, 2018 on

four-count charges bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to

the tune of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen

Thousand Naira).

The petitioner, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, alleged that the defendants, who claimed to be

into crude oil business, had approached her to join them in the business sometime in

2017. However, the defendants, after receiving money from her, reneged on the

agreement mutually made by them.

One of the counts read: “ That you, Adesanya Olufemi and Awojobi Ganiu sometime in

2017 at Lagos , within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, fraudulently

obtained the sum of N33,617.000 (Thirty-Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen

Thousand Naira) by false pretence, property of Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinwole, on the

representation that you are into crude oil business, which representation you knew

was false."

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them,

thereby leading to their full trial. However, the trial eventually involved Olufemi

alone, as the second defendant, Ganiu opted for a plea bargain by pleading guilty to

the charges.

During the course of the trial of Olufemi, prosecution counsel, Daji Samuel,

presented five witnesses, including Akinwole, also known as Toyin Texas, and also

tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada convicted and sentenced Olufemi to 14 years

imprisonment on count one and another 14 years on count two. He was also convicted

and sentenced to seven years imprisonment on count four. He ,was however,

discharged on count three. The sentences run concurrently from the date of his

arraignment

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