- A 34-year-old man, Ogunbajo Olalekan, has been sentenced by the court to imprisonment without an option of fine
- The accused was arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences
An Epe magistrates court in Lagos state on Friday, April 20, sentenced an unemployed man, who impersonated a deputy superintendent of police to defraud seven people in the guise of offering them jobs.
Magistrate Olumide-Fusika sentenced 34-year-old Ogunbajo Olalekan to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olalekan was arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.
He had pleaded not guilty but Olumide-Fusika convicted him based on evidence by the prosecution. The magistrate convicted Olalekan on counts one and four.
“I hereby pronounce you, Ogunbajo Olalekan, guilty, and sentence you to three years’ imprisonment on count one, and 14 years’ imprisonment on count four. Both sentences should run concurrently,” the magistrate held.
NAN reports that the prosecutor, Inspector Friday Ekundayo, had told the court that the convict impersonated a deputy superintendent of police attached to the Epe police division.
He added that Olalekan unlawfully obtained N337,000 from seven persons in the guise of recruiting them into the Nigeria Police Force.
According to Ekundayo, the offences contravene Sections 77 and 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2011.
Meanwhile, a suspected fraudster, Usman Baba Yusuf, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his involvement in the cloning of the phone number of Abdulmumini Bako, a former special assistant to the ex-comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.
The verdict was passed after the suspect pleaded guilty when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 29, to a four-count amended charge of cheating, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2 million.
The anti-graft agency in a statement on Tuesday, April 17, said Yusuf, who was being charged along with Balarabe Abdullahi, had initially absconded, but was later arrested by operatives who found him in his hideout and brought him to court. The convict was alleged to have connived with Abdullahi to defraud a customs officer.
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