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A STUDENT of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oluwatoyin Henry has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for fraud.

  Henry was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on one count charge of obtaining by false pretence before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Monday.

The EFCC accused that Oluwatoyin Henry sometimes in 2019, at Ogbomosho, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of USD$1,200 from one Betty Mosley.

The commission said Henry told his victim that he was a citizen of United States of America by name Amanda, who is in love with him.

The convict, who claimed to be a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, pleaded guilty to the amended charge after a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

Based on his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.

He was also ordered to restitute the sum of USD$1,200  to his victim, and forfeit his iPhone 11, one Infinix Hot 5 and a Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In a similar development,  46-year old Mary Maisirat Akerele has been remanded in prison for stealing.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office on Monday, arraigned Akerele on a five-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of N35,520,000 before Justice AbiodunAkinyemi of the Ogun State High Court 4, Abeokuta.

Trouble started for the Akerele, who resides in Aseko area of Idiroko, Ogun State, when the EFCC received a petition, alleging that she collected the said sum in installments from one Alhaja Oladoja Abike for the purpose of supplying four truck-load of rice from a rice milling company at Bida, Niger state but diverted the funds. 

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The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charge was read to her.

Counsel to the defendant, H.A Omikunle made an oral application for his client’s bail.

However, counsel to EFCC, Shamsuddeen Bashir, opposed the application due to the defendant’s failure to keep the terms of the administrative bail earlier granted her.

Justice Akinyemi adjourned the case till March 4, for determination of the bail application an ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ibara, Abeokuta

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