James Sowole in Akure
A Federal High Court, Akure, Ondo State, has sentenced a final year First Class undergraduate student of a private university in Ondo State Fisayo Adetoro to a cumulative 13 years in prison.
Adetoro, a final year student of Business Administration, with a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA) of 4.5 was found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, was also ordered to pay a fine of one million naira in addition to prison sentence.
Adetoro was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure, in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.
He was originally arraigned on January 18, 2017 on a six-count charge, but pleaded not-guilty to all the charges.
The convict was said have falsely presented himself to be Bawa Mohammed Sanni to defraud his victims to the tune of thousands of United States Dollars.
He was also accused of using the fake name to register for a Nigerian Driver’s Licence bearing his photograph, as well as laundering sums running to millions of naira.
The EFCC, represented by Dr. Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two victims of his money laundering activities, to prove its case, while the accused called three witnesses.
After evaluating the arguments on both sides, the trial judge found Adetoro guilty in four of the six charges.
He was sentenced to two years for falsification of documents (Count 2). and three years for uttering official document (Counts 3 and 4).
The court sentenced him to five years imprisonment with a fine of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) for money laundering (Count 6). The jail terms are to run concurrently.
Justice Olubanjo, however, considered the convict for suspended sentence of six months community service.
The judge yielded to his counsel’s pleadings which were premised on his health, academic standing and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.
The suspended sentence, according to the court, would only stand if he observes the days without breaking. The judge warned that if he misses one day within the six months stretch, the original sentence would be fully effected