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Student bags jail term over $9,891 fraud

Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of 31-year-old Bashiru Seyi from Oyan in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State for offences bordering on internet fraud.

Bashiru, a student in the Marketing Department of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin was charged on one count by the anti-graft agency before Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

In the charge, Bashiru Seyi was alleged to have sometime between July 2020 and January, 2022, had under his control the sum of $9,891 which he knew to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code.

The convict pleaded guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the facts of the case through a witness who is an operative of the commission and tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant.

In his judgement, Justice Adebayo Yusuf of Kwara state High Court sentenced the defendant to 6 months imprisonment with N200,000 as option of fine.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s car, one iPhone XR, and laptop to the Federal Government.

Reporting by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Muzha Kucha