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Court sentences ex-convict to 7 years imprisonment

Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, Presided over by Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar has convicted a 29 year-old ex-convict, Joshua Ajayi Oluwatobi for impersonating the Dean Student Affairs, University of Ilorin and others to scam unsuspecting students seeking to pay school fees and hostel accommodation.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 arraigned Oluwatobi on four-count charge bordering on fraud, attempt to defraud and impersonation, to which he pleaded guilty.

Oluwatobi, was sometimes in June 2020 convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court for similar offence.

After spending some time at Mandala Correctional Centre, the convict went back to crime, and was again arrested by operatives of the EFCC and brought before the court .

Following the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, presented a witness, one Musa Muhmmad Sani, an operative of the EFCC, through whom he reviewed the facts of the case and presented documents to establish the culpability of the defendant in the crime.

Mr Akoja urged the court to consider the uncontroverted evidence of the prosecution before it, the admittance of guilt by the defendant and convict the defendant as charged.

In his judgement, Justice Abdulgafar, sentenced Joshua to seven years imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently.

The court also ordered the convict to make restitution to his victims.

Reporting by Ali Rabiu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare