First-Class university student convicted to 13-year imprisonment over deception in Ondo State.
A final year student of a private University located in Owo, Ondo State, Achievers University has been handed a 13-year jail term by a Federal High Court sitting in Akure.
The student, Fisayo Adetoro, who was in the first class category, was also ordered to pay a fine of One Million Naira after he was found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering.
Adetoro was arraigned on January 18, 2017, on a six-count charge, but pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The accused, who was on 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), 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.
The allegations, according to the charge sheet, include falsely representing 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 presiding judge found Adetoro guilty in four of the six charges.
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 thoroughly.
The judge also warned that if he misses one day within the six months stretch, the original sentence will be fully effected.