A fake crude oil merchant, Adesanya Olufemi, has been sentenced to twenty-one year imprisonment by the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos, for defrauding a lady, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, of N33.6m.
The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside one Awojobi Ganiu on December 11, 2018, on four-count charges bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.
The petitioner, 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, after receiving money from her, they reneged on the agreement.
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, leading to a full trial. However, the trial eventually involved Olufemi alone, as the second defendant, Ganiu, opted for a plea bargain by pleading guilty.
During the course of the trial of Olufemi, prosecution counsel, Daji Samuel, presented five witnesses, including Akinwole, also known as Toyin Texas, and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Mojisola Dada 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.
EFCC Nabs 27 Oil Bunkerers in Port Harcourt, Picks 31 In Benin Yahoo Boys Raid
Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty seven (27) individuals in connection with suspicious illegal oil bunkering.
They were arrested on Friday, September 10, 2012 at Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The suspects are: Mohammad Bello; Abubarkar Umar; Abdulkarim Ibrahim; Mohammad Bashimu; Bello Mohammad, Abdullahi Murtala; Paul Paparoman; Abdullahi Ibrahim; Usman Abdulahi; Illiyasu Ibrahim and Idris Dahiru.
Others are Hussaini Yaiu; Bala Audu; Ibrahim Muhammad; Auwal Abdulsalam; Laminu Yusuf; Suleiman Abubarkar; Abdulahi Musa; Mamuda Abdulahi; Edima Samuel Gospel; Nural Abdulahi; Dauda Adamu; Adamu Ibrahim; Ali Abah; Sabiu Sani, Azumi Blaik and Keshim Ordu.
They were arrested in a random raid conducted by the EFCC, based on verified intelligence on their alleged illegal oil bunkering activities.
In the course of the arrest, according to a statement made available to ThePageNews by its Media head, Wilson Iwajaren, the financial crime fighting body said, large quantities of products suspected to be illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) were found with them. Twenty (20) jerry cans and 25 litres of the products, stored in drums and tanks, ready for onward transportation to various locations, were intercepted.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Meanwhile, Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Sunday, September 12, 2021 arrested 31 suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested in two separate locations in Benin City sequel to actionable intelligence.
Among those arrested are suspected fraudsters who, a few weeks ago, were seen in a viral video standing on top of their cars and throwing bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular Plaza in Benin City. They had embarked on a similar mission at the same venue on Sunday before they were intercepted by operatives of the Commission at the exit gate.
The other suspects were arrested at their hideout in Benin City.
Those arrested are Essien Sunday, Joseph Nwosu, Samuel Victor, Abdurahman Abudulahi, Uwaifo Destiny, Osaro Osarere, Favour Oleye, Smart Okunvobo, Oduwa Osahon, Osaretin Blessed, Frank Osas, Aisosa Kelly, Richard Ehigie, Destiny Omoru, Jacob Kelvin, Aker Kelly, Promise Godspower, Lucky Dickson and Osamode Efosa.
Others are Osamuyi Aigbe-Egharevba, Ohumumwen Osaremen, Christopher Momodu, Aigbe Destiny, Eti-osa Osamwonyi, Patrick Benson Osaguna, Victor Kenyei, Marvellous Atiti, Gift Ebuehi, Osayi Casmir, Osahenkhoe Godstime and Paul Okoh.
Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include 13 exotic cars, including: Lexus ES 350, Lexus 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus IS 350, Toyota Venza, Mercedes C300, Mercedes ML350, Range Rover Evoque, GLK 350 4Matic and Toyota Camry.
Other items are laptop computers, phones, documents and identity cards.
The suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed
Two Men Arrested For Stealing Human Skull From Cemetery
Two men Saidi Mutiu, 41, and Olasunkanmi Oladejo, 35, have been arraigned before the Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for unlawful possession of a human skull.
The duo were arraigned on Thursday by Oyo State Police Command.
The Mutiu and Oladejo were trialled on a three- count charge bothering on alleged conspiracy, unlawful possession and interfering with human corpse.
Mutiu of Idi-Arere area, Ibadan, and Oladejo of Oju-Odo area, Academy, Ibadan, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
But the police prosecutor, Foluke Adedosu, had informed the court that the defendants allegedly conspired to commit the act of misconduct with regard to the corpse.
She said on August 31, at about 1.30pm at Challenge area in Ibadan, the defendants allegedly had in their possession one human head without lawful justification.
“The duo of Mutiu and Oladejo was alleged to have indecently interfered with a corpse by removing the head without lawful justification. The defendants allegedly tampered with the corpse buried at a Muslim burial ground in Ibadan where they dug the grave and cut the corpse’s head.
Adedosu added that the offence contravened Sections 242, 329A and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.
The magistrate, Mrs I. O Osho eventually, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum each and adjourned the case till December 21, 2021, for hearing.
Randy Ogun Health Tech Staff Rapes Student In Office
The Ogun State Police command said it had arrested an administrative staff of College of Health Technology, Ilese, Ijebu, Olawale Jamiu, for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of a student of the College (name withheld).
The command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this to newsmen in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to Oyeyemi, the 39-year old randy College staff was arrested following a report lodged at Ilese Ijebu Divisional headquarters by the management of the college.
The police spokesman explained that they reported that the victim was raped when she went to collect her school file from the office of the suspect.
The statement read, “On getting there, the suspect dragged the victim into the file room and forcefully had sex with her”.
“The victim there and then reported the incident to her guardian who in turn reported to the authority of the school”.
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