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EFCC: Love-scammer sentenced, socialite arraigned as Oduah’s case is stalled

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, February 22, 2021, secured the conviction of one Oluwatoyin Henry before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on one count of obtaining by false pretence.

The charge reads: “That you Oluwatoyin Henry sometimes in 2019, at Ogbomosho, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred United States of America Dollars (USD$1,200) from one Betty Mosley, when you falsely represented to him that you are a citizen of United States of America by name Amanda, who is in love with him which representations you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”

The convict, who  claimed to be a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho a pleaded guilty to the amended charge after a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.  Based on his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison. He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $1,200 USD (One Thousand Two Hundred United States of American Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his iPhone 11, one Infinix Hot 5 and a Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile in Ogun State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office on Monday, February 22, 2021, also arraigned one Mary Maisirat Akerele on a five count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of  Thirty Five Million Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N35,520,000:00) before Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of the Ogun State High Court 4,Abeokuta. Trouble started for the 46-years-old socialite, who resides in Aseko area of Idiroko Ogun State, when the EFCC received a petition, alleging that she collected the said sum in installments from one Alhaja Oladoja Abike for the purpose of supplying four truck-load of rice from a rice milling company at Bida, Niger state but diverted the funds.   One of the charge reads: ” That you Mary Masirat Akerele (trading under the name and style of Goodness of Jesus Global Ventures) on or about the 19th day of September, 2018 at Abeokuta within the Abeokuta Judicial Division of the Honourable Court, fraudulently converted to the your own use the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11, 000,000.00) only property of Fausia Abike Oladoja and thereby committed an offence of stealing contrary to   Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30, laws of Ogun State, 2006”. The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charge was read to her. The counsel to the defendant, H. A Omikunle, made an oral application for his client’s bail. However, Shamsuddeen Bashir, counsel to EFCC, opposed the application due to  the defendant’s failure to keep the terms  of the administrative bail earlier granted her. Justice Akinyemi adjourned the case till March 4 for determination of the bail application an ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ibara, Abeokuta.

In another development, the planned arraignment of former Minister of Aviation, Stella Adaeze Oduah before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja could not commence due to the absence some of the suspects. Though Odua who is the Senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly was present in court, the fifth and sixth defendant in the charge were absent. Odua was schedule to be arraigned on a 25-count charge of money laundering alongside Gloria Odita, Nwobu Emmanuel Nnamdi, Chukuma Irene Chinyere, Global Offshore and Marine Limited, Crystal Television Limited, Sobora International Limited and China Civil Engineering Construction Company Limited (CCECC).

One of the Counts read; “That you Stella Adaeze Oduah whilst being the Minister of Aviation, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Gloria Odita whilst being the Company Secretary to Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Ltd (SPGC), and an aide to the former Minister of Aviation on or about the 12th day of February, 2014 at Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court used your positions to transfer the sum of N1, 629,250,000.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) from 1-Sec Security Nig. Ltd account No. 2021756955 with First Bank Plc to Global Offshore and Marine Ltd account No. 2022977296 also domiciled with First Bank Plc, which money you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (6) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act”. When the case was mentioned, prosecuting counsel Hassan Liman, SAN, informed the court that the Commission tried every means possible but was unable to serve the fifth and sixth defendants with the court processes. He therefore applied for additional fourteen days to serve them; Justice Ekwo granted his prayer and adjourned till April 19, 2021 for arraignment.