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Kwara Court Sends Yahoo Picker To Prison In Ilorin

By Adeshina Precious

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of one Ismael Toheeb Opeyemi for offences that borders on cybercrime and retention of proceeds of crime.

He was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC before Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin who found the defendant, a native of Egbeda Local Government area of Oyo State, guilty of the allegation levelled against him and sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

The charge against him reads: “That you, ISMAEL TOHEEB OPEYEMI between 4th January, 2021 and 29th November, 2021 in Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did knowingly had under your control the sum of N5,448,000.00 (Five Million Four Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand Naira Only) in your bank account number: 1387672631 with the name: Toheeb Opeyemi Ismael domiciled with the Access Bank PLC which you knew to be proceeds of criminal conduct and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319 (a) of the penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria”.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him.

Prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Adebayo who reviewed the facts of the case, tendered in evidence one iPhone 12 Pro Max, key of a Green Colour 2014 Toyota Corolla car with registration number: KWL 177 BH, the statements of the defendant and all the fraudulent messages printed from his devices which were admitted as exhibits.

In his judgement, Justice Yusuf said the court was satisfied that the prosecution had proved the case against the defendant. He convicted and sentenced Opeyemi to six months imprisonment with option of fine of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The court further ordered that the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Green Colour 2014 Toyota Corolla be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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