A young man identified as Fisayo Adetoro, a Business Administration final year student of a private university in Ondo State, has been sentenced to serve time in jail.
After been found guilty of impersonation, forgery, and money laundering, he is faced with a cumulative of 13 years in prison and fine in sum of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira).
Adetoro, is said to be a very bright young man on first-class with a 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA).
However, he was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, in Akure, Ondo State, in a criminal case filed against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The student was initially apprehended on January 18, 2017, on a six-count charge, but he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. On the charge list, one of his allegations included representing himself falsely as Bawa Mohammed to defraud his victims to an unestimated thousands of United States Dollars.
Another of his charges was using a fake name to register for a Nigerian Driver’s License bearing his photograph. He was also charged with laundering sums running to millions of naira from individuals in Nigeria.
Prosecuting counsel representing the anti-graft agency, were Dr Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi. They brought five witnesses, two of the witnesses were victims of his money laundering activities, to prove its case. The accused on the other hand called three witnesses of his own.
The presiding judge after evaluating the arguments on both sides, found Adetoro guilty in four out of the six charges and was thereafter sentenced to two years for falsification of documents (Count 2) and three years for uttering official documents (Counts 3 and 4).
The court sentenced him to an additional five years imprisonment with a fine of N1, 000,000 for money laundering on (Count 6). The jail terms are to run concurrently.
However, Justice Olubanjo considered the convict for a suspended sentence of six months of community service as a first time offender and also on the premises of his health, academic standing, and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.