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Man Jailed Twenty Years For Internet Fraud

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A thirty-year-old man, Gabriel Adekola Oluokun, was on Thursday July 23, 2020, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State after he was convicted of defrauding a Taiwanese lady of $22,300 (Twenty-Two Thousand, Three Hundred United States Dollars).

The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a six-count amended charge of obtaining money by false pretence for which he was found guilty and convicted.

The EFCC started investigating Mr Oluokun after the agency received a petition from one Nduka Lucious which alleged that a man had collected the sum of $22,300 from him in three instalments on the agreement that he will supply 100 metric tonnes of sesame seed to one Victoria Xhung, a China-based Taiwanese businesswoman, whom the petitioner represents in Nigeria.

The EFCC arraigned Mr Oluokun on April 6, 2018 on a six-count charge of obtaining money by false pretences to which he pleaded not guilty and was re-arraigned on June 15, 2020 on a six-count amended charge for the same offence, for which he was convicted on Thursday.

After reviewing the arguments of the prosecution team of Dr. Ben Ubi, Oluwatinuwe Daramola and Mabas Mabur and that of the defence team, Justice Abdumalik convicted the defendant on counts one to four of the charges, which contravene Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006, sentencing him to five years on each of the four counts, which are to run concurrently and discharged and acquitted him on counts five and six.

The judge asked Mr Oluokun to pay $22,300 restitution to his victim, adding a stern warning that the jail term would be extended by two years if he failed to repay the funds.

He also forfeited his Toyota Corolla saloon car to the federal government.

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