Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted and sentenced a fake crude oil merchant, Adesanya Olufemi, to a twenty-one year imprisonment. This comes as a result of his defrauding a lady, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, the sum of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira only).

The convict, Olufemi, was arraigned by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), alongside one Awojobi Ganiu, on December 11, 2018 on four-count charges bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira).

Oluwatoyin Akinwole, the petitioner, alleged that the defendants, who claimed to be into crude oil business, had asked her to join them in the business in 2017. However, the defendants, after receiving money from her, went back on the agreement mutually made by them.

One of the counts read: “ That you, Adesanya Olufemi and Awojobi Ganiu sometime in 2017 at Lagos , within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N33,617.000 (Thirty-Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira) by false pretence, property of Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinwole, on the representation that you are into crude oil business, which representation you knew was false.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them, which led to their full trial. However, the trial eventually involved Olufemi alone, as the second defendant, Ganiu opted to plead guilty to the charges.

During the trial of Olufemi, the prosecution counsel, Daji Samuel, presented five witnesses, including Akinwole, also known as Toyin Texas. Several documents were tendered as evidence in the court.

In delivering her judgment, Justice Dada convicted and sentenced Olufemi to 14 years imprisonment on count one and another 14 years on count two. He was also convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment on count four. He was discharged on count three. The sentences run concurrently from the date of his arraignment