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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 24 August 2022

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Court jails NANS officer for Internet fraud

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The Oyo State High Court in Ibadan has sentenced an officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to one year imprisonment for Internet fraud.

Adeyemi Abiodun, Director of Logistics, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Chapter, was among 40 persons jailed by four judges of Oyo State High Court on related charge, according a statement by the EFCC on Wednesday.

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in the statement that each of the 40 defendants was convicted on one count ranging from impersonation, obtaining money under false pretence, obtaining property by false pretence to forgery.

The offences were said to be ontrary to Sections 419, 467, 484, 516 and 508 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Arrest, investigations and charge

EFCC said Mr Abiodun, a 200 level student of Economics and Development Studies of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, was arrested on 30 March, 2022, alongside 79 others in a sting operation by the operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC at Sango area of Ibadan, Oyo State for alleged internet fraud.

It said its investigations revealed that, between July 2021 and March 2022, Mr Abiodun benefited from a N195, 274, 331 heist from cyber-fraud involving forgery of over 25 US banks cheques.

The commission then charged him and Odaise Precious Abiola (aka Prezzy), who was said to be at large with conspiracy to forge various United States of America Banks cheques and purport same to be genuine on or about 30 March, 2022 in Ibadan.

The alleged offence of conspiracy to commit forgery is contrary to Section 516 and 467 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Mr Abiodun and the others pleaded “guilty” to the charges filed against them by the EFCC.

Guilty plea and conviction

In view of their guilty pleas, the prosecution counsel, Modupe Akinkoye, Oyelakin Oyediran, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, Chidi Okoli, Abdulrasheed Suleiman, Mabas Mabur and Samsuddeen Bashir reviewed the facts of the cases, tendered confessional statements and documents recovered from the convicts as exhibits and urged the courts to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.

Consequently, Mr Abiodun was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment each without the “option of fine”. Some others in his group who also pleaded guilty bagged three months jailed term and six months community service.

Some other defendants were convicted and sentenced to six months community service each.

Forfeiture

Furthermore, the court ordered Mr Abiodun to pay $1,000 in restitution and forfeit a white Mercedes Benz CLA-250 with customised NANS plate number worth N16 million.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of his gold neck chain and one ice neck chain worth N3.6 million, bitcoin worth $58, 854.88 one Apple MacBook Pro 2020 Model and an iPhone 12 Pro Max to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Other convicts were ordered to restitute their victims and forfeit all items recovered from them.

Read EFCC’s statement in full:

EFCC Press Release

NANS Executive Bags One Year Jail Term for N195m Internet Fraud…39 Others Convicted in Ibadan

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of Director of Logistics of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Chapter, Adeyemi Israel Abiodun to one year imprisonment for internet-related fraud.

He is among 40 persons convicted on separate one count charges before four judges of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan.

Their offences bordered on impersonation, obtaining money under false pretence, obtaining property by false pretence and forgery contrary to Sections 419, 467, 484, 516 and 508 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The other convicts are Yekeen Azeez Ishola, Okeniyi Sanuel Akiniyi, Theophilus Ademola Bukola, Salami Mohammed Adetayo, Pelumi Ajayi Temiloluwa, Lawal Abdullateef Olalekan, Okusanwo Mayowa Daniel, Oluwole Oluwasegun Ayomide, Adedotun Omodele Yusuf, Monday Nnaemeka Samuel, Idowu Adeshina, Olowe Nifemi Ayomide, Adubu Olamiotan Sunday, Kehinde Olatunji Kehinde, Oguntuase Tope Francis, Elijah Isaac Wisdom, Ogbanaya Chukwu Chukwu, Adekola Adekunle, Odebode Temiloluwa Kehinde, Joseph Odunayo Clement, Andrew Adekunle Masika, Usman Mubarak Damilare, Isiaka Olumide Hammed, Uawu Osita Henry, Kareem Afeez Alabi and Ogunyemi Ayobami Samuel.

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Abiodun was arraigned before Justice Iyabo Yerima while thirty-nine others were prosecuted before Justices Bayo Taiwo, Akintola Ladiran and Olusola Adetujoye between August 15, 2022 and August 23, 2022.

The one count charge against Abiodun reads: “That you, Adeyemi Israel Abiodun and Odaise Precious Abiola (aka Prezzy) (at large) on or about 30th March, 2022 at Ibadan, within the Ibadan Judicial Division did conspire to forge various United States of America Banks Cheques and purport same to be genuine and thereby committed the offence of conspiracy to commit forgery contrary to Section 516 and 467 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

Abiodun and the others pleaded “guilty” to the charges filed against them by the EFCC.

In view of their guilty pleas, the prosecution counsel, Modupe Akinkoye, Oyelakin Oyediran, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, Chidi Okoli, Abdulrasheed Suleiman, Mabas Mabur and Samsuddeen Bashir reviewed the facts of the cases, tendered confessional statements and documents recovered from the convicts as exhibits and urged the courts to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.

Consequently, Abiodun, Daniel and Ayomide were convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment each without the “option of fine”, while Akiniyi bagged three months jailed term and six months community service.

Other defendants were convicted and sentenced to six months community service each.

Furthermore, the court ordered Abiodun to pay the sum of $1,000USD (One Thousand United States Dollars) in restitution and forfeit a white Mercedes Benz CLA-250 with customized NANS plate number worth N16million, a gold neck chain and one ice neck chain worth N3.6million, bitcoin worth $58, 854.88USD, one Apple MacBook Pro 2020 Model and an iPhone 12 Pro Max to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Other convicts were ordered to restitute their victims and forfeit all items recovered from them.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

24 August, 2022

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