A 19-year-old chemistry scholar of the College of Ilorin, Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi, on Tuesday, bagged a nine-month jail-term for defrauding three college students looking for hostel lodging.
The cost sheet introduced in opposition to convicted Oluwatobi by the Ilorin Zonal workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, learn, ” That you simply, Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi, within the month of November 2019, in Ilorin inside the jurisdiction of this honorable court docket, did cheat by deceiving one Anjorin Oluwabukolami Eniola, a college of Ilorin scholar, if you fraudulently induced her to pay N45,000 into GT checking account quantity 045262140 of 1 Hassan Adefemi Daniel, for hostel lodging, illustration you knew to be false and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 320 of the Penal code and punishable underneath Part 322 of the identical code.”
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara state excessive court docket in Ilorin, convicted and sentenced the defendant to 9 months imprisonment.
The trial decide additionally fined the convict N105,000 to function a deterrent to others.
Owolabi bumped into bother when the UNILORIN authorities reported his conducts to the EFCC alleging that he defrauded three hostel lodging seekers.
Whereas passing the sentence, Justice Oyinloye mentioned, ” the defendant was introduced earlier than this Courtroom on a three-count cost, the fees have been learn to him and he pleaded responsible.
“This court docket settle for the proof of the prosecution, the one-way testimonies of the only real prosecution witness,” the decide famous.
“This honorable court docket is of the view that the prosecution has proved its case past cheap doubt, the court docket hereby finds you Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi responsible of counts 1, 2, and three.
“You’re hereby convicted for the offence,” Justice Oyinloye declared.
In his allocutos, J A O Ayinde urged the court docket “to mood justice with mercy and provides his shopper an possibility of positive quite than custodial sentence.”
Responding, the prosecution counsel, Andrew Akoja, mentioned, “My Lord, the difficulty of sentencing is inside the discretion of the court docket.”
Justice Oyinloye sentenced Oluwatobi to 3 months enchancment on counts 1, 2, and three.
He mentioned the sentence would run concurrently with further positive of N105,000.