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A 29-year-old ex-convict, Joshua Ajayi Oluwatobi, was on Monday convicted and sentenced to twenty-eight (28) years in jail by Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.

Oluwatobi was slammed the jail term for impersonating the Dean Student Affairs, University of Ilorin and others to defraud unsuspecting students seeking to pay school fees and hostel accommodation.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on November 23, 2021 arraigned Oluwatobi on a four-count charge bordering on fraud, attempt to defraud and impersonation, to which he pleaded guilty.

The convict, who had been found guilty in 2020 by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, after spending some time at Mandala Correctional Centre, however went back to crime and was subsequently arrested by operatives of the EFCC and brought before the court.

Following the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja, presented a witness, one Musa Muhmmad Sani, an operative of the EFCC, through whom he reviewed the facts of the case and presented documents to establish the culpability of the defendant in the crime.

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Akoja urged the court to consider the uncontroverted evidence of the prosecution before it, the admittance of guilt by the defendant and convict him as charged.

Delivering judgment, Justice Abdulgafar said the material evidence placed before the court has shown that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said, the judge pronounced Oluwatobi guilty of the four counts and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently. 

He said, the court also ordered the convict to restitute his victims.


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