The fraudster, Gabriel Adekola Oluokun, 30-year-old has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, ordered by the Justice of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, Justice Joyce Abdulmalik. Why the fraudster was jailed because he defrauding a Taiwanese to the tune of $22,300.
It was gathered that 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 pretense, for which he was found guilty and convicted.
He, However, Oluokun’s journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition from one Nduka Lucious in which he alleged that the convict collected the sum of $22,300 from him in three installments on the agreement that he would supply 100 metric tonnes of a sesame seed to one Victoria Xhung, a China-based Taiwanese businesswoman, whom the petitioner represents in Nigeria.
While the convict failed to deliver, he converted the sum to his personal use.
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During the cause of investigation, the convict was arraigned on April 6, 2018, on a six-count charge of obtaining money by false pretense, to which he pleaded not guilty and was re-arraigned on June 15, 2020, on a six-count amended charge for the same offense, for which he
Dr. Ben Ubi, Oluwatinuwe Daramola and Mabas Mabur, and that of the defense 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.
Aside from the prison term, the convict is to restitute his victim the sum of $22,300, with the caveat that the jail term will be extended by additional two years if he fails to make the repayment.
Meanwhile, Oluokun’s Toyota Corolla saloon car was forfeited to the Federal Government.