By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Federal High Court, Ibadan on Tuesday sentenced an accused, Ogundiran Tosin Iyanu to four months imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence.
Iyanu was dragged before Justice P.I Ajoko of the Federal High court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office on a one count charge of fraudulently obtaining money.
At the resumed hearing of the trial, Iyanu who earlier pleaded not guilty on December 16, 2018, when he was first arraigned, changed his plea and pleaded guilty which led to an amendment of the charge and re-arraignment on March 5, 2019, on a lone-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Act.
According to the charge sheet ” Ogundiran Tosin Iyanu and Ayomide Balogun (at large) on or about 5th of April, 2018 at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N282,500 (Two Hundred and Eighty-Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only from Adeyemi Adejumo, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
After considering the merit of the charge and the supporting evidence as presented by the prosecution counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi, the judge convicted and sentenced the defendant to four months imprisonment with effect from the date of his arraignment.
Through the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the convict has already restituted to the victim the total sum of N282,500 (Two Hundred and Eighty-Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira), being the benefit