Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos State presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada, on Friday sentenced one Adesanya Olufemi Paul to 21 years Imprisonment for defrauding a US based woman of the sum of N41 million fraud.
Justice Mojisola Dada sentenced Adesanya after pronouncing him guilty of charges of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and stealing levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday.
The EFCC had charged the convict before the Court on the three counts charge which are punishable under sections 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and 278 and 285 of criminal law of Lagos State
According to the EFCC, the convict defrauded an America-based Nigerian businesswoman, Mrs Oluwatoyin Akinwole of the sum of about N40 million.
During the convict’s trial, EFCC through its counsel, Mr. Samuel Daji, called five witnesses and tendered several documents, which were admitted as exhibits to prove the allegations against the convict.
The EFCC had informed the court that its investigation revealed that the convict and the complainant were not lovers as it was widely claimed.
In her judgement, Justice Dada stated that “the court is satisfy that the prosecution has proven his case beyond reasonable doubt.
“I hereby sentence the convict to 14 years on count one and two, from the date he was arraigned. This to run concurrently
“On count three for stealing, the convict is hereby sentenced to seven years in prison”.
After the judgement, EFCC Counsel, Samuel Daji, thanked the court for a well considered judgement, pointing out that it will serve as a note of warning to others.