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Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019

Court convicts 2 for N7m fraud in Benue

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office yesterday secured the conviction of Osikoya Kolawole Gboyega and Adewuyi Ademola Adebayo before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon at the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.
The two (2) persons were arraigned on two-point charge after a plea bargain agreement with the Commission.
It should be noted that trouble started for Osikoya Kolawole and Adewuyi A. Adebayo when they were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 9th and 10th of September, 2019 in Lagos State in relation to a case of fraud, aiding and abetting.
During investigation, the convicts admitted their wrong doing, showed remorse for their action and refunded the sum of N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) only, i.e N150, 000.00 ( One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) each to the victim.
The count charge read:” That you Osikoya Kolawole Gboyega and Adewuyi Ademola Adebayo sometime in 2018 conspired amongst yourselves in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud used an UBA ATM card resulting in a gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 33 (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 33 (2) of the same Act”.
The accused pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain and convict them accordingly.
Justice Olajuwon pronounced them guilty and subsequently convicted them and sentenced them to two(2) years imprisonment with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each on count one to run concurrently.
The court also,.ordered the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand, Naira only) that they had refunded during the course of investigation to be paid to the complainant as restitution.
The Court also ordered them to be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of the fine.

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