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EFCC arraigns middle-aged serial fraudster in court

Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned a 29-year-old serial fraudster, Joshua Ajayi Oluwatobiloba, from Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State over offences allegedly bordering on impersonation and cyber fraud.

He was arraigned on four counts before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Mr Oluwatobiloba had been convicted sometime in June 2020 by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court over a similar offence.

After serving his jail term at Mandala Correctional Centre, the convict was again arrested by operatives of the EFCC.

His arrest and prosecution were consequent upon a report alleging that he was impersonating as the Dean of Student Affairs, and as one Dr Efuntayo Oluwatobi, a lecturer in the Chemistry Department, University of Ilorin, in order to scam unsuspecting students seeking to pay school fees and get hostel accommodation.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the counts.

Justice Abdulgafar adjourned the case until Thursday, November 25, 2021, for a review of the facts and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

In a related development, the EFCC on Tuesday secured the conviction of 4 persons over internet fraud and other related offences.

The convicts are: Afolabi Gafar, Yusuf Ridwan Ajibola, Eniola Abdulbashit and Oludare Ifeoluwa Victor.

Mr Gafar and Mr Ajibola were convicted by Justice Adenike Akinpelu and Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, while the conviction of Mr Abdulbashit and Mr Ifeoluwa-Victor were secured before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

Justice Akinpelu sentenced Gafar to 6 months imprisonment on counts 1, 2, and 3, to run concurrently with an option of fine of N100,000 on counts 1 and N150,000 each on counts 2 and 3. 

Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Yusuf to 6 months imprisonment on counts 1 and 2.

Ifeoluwa-Victor and Abdulbashit were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment each with the option of a fine of N200,000 on the lone count preferred against each of them. 

The court also ordered that the phones and laptops used by the convicts to carry out the crimes be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Reporting by Ali Rabiu; editing by Muzha Kucha