Court jails Kwara poly student over $9,891 fraud

by Amos Kalu

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday sentenced a 31-year-old student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Bashiru Azeez, to six months imprisonment over $9,891 fraud.

Justice Adebayo Yusuf handed down the sentence while ruling on a fraud case instituted by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Bashiru who is from Oyan in the Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State is a student in the Marketing Department of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

The accused person was charged with one count offense of defrauding a client of $9,891 by the anti-graft agency. He 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.

The witness tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant, an HP laptop, one RX 330 Lexus car, and one phone in evidence of the crime against the defendant, following which the counsel urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Justice Yusuf, in his judgment, sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with N200,000  as the option of fine.

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

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