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Court Jails 3 Undergraduates Over Financial Crimes


Three undergraduates from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State University and Kwara State Polytechnic have been sentenced on Tuesday to various jail terms by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar at the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The trio was found guilty of various offences levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The convicted students are  Abubakar Abdulbashit Opeyemi, a final year student of the University of Ilorin who was found guilty of offences bordering on love scam and internet fraud.

The two other convicts are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq Olarewaju, who are students of the Kwara State University University, KWASU, Malete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively were convicted by the same charges.

In his judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants and the various exhibits tendered against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubts.

Consequently, Abdulbashit Opeyemi was sentenced to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year.

In sentencing Abiodun, the judge gave him three months imprisonment on count one and one year imprisonment on count two, which shall be suspended for one year.

He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand Naira) draft raised by him (the convict) to the Federal Government.

For Rasaq Olanrewaju, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for six months.

He also ordered the forfeiture of his (the convict) 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, hp Laptop, the sum of N404,414.93 (Four Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo) in his First Bank account to the Federal Government.

“The sentences are without the option of fine”, the judge added.

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