Man jailed three years for defrauding octogenarian
A LAGOS State High Court sitting in Ikeja, has sentenced one Emmanuel Osita (a.k.a Chuks), to three years in prison without an option of fine. Justice Lawal Akapo sentenced the convict, for defrauding an 81-year-old woman of N27 million.
Information from the spokesman to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, read that Osita was convicted on a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence.
The convict was arrested by the EFCC sequel to a petition from a legal practitioner on behalf of one Mrs. Veronica Okonkwo, an 81-year-old woman who was the victim.
“The convict, while operating as a commercial tri-cyclist, conspired with other persons who are still at large and falsely presented to the victim that they had the capacity to produce local and foreign currencies from pieces of papers by dipping them into mercury.”
“Osita and his accomplices hoodwinked the 81-year-old woman to let go the sum of N120, 000 as registration fee with a mercury company prior to the procurement of the chemical. The octogenarian was also induced to sell her property in FESTAC Town Lagos for N27 million and the proceeds appropriated by the convict and his co-travellers”, Uwujaren narrated.
He added that upon his arrest, the convict was arraigned on July 1, 2014 and subsequently pleaded guilty after making restitution to the victim; including the property valued at N27 million as the alleged buyer forfeited same to the victim.
“Based on his plea and the restitution of the victim, Justice Lawal Akapo convicted and sentenced the accused to three years imprisonment without any option of fine,” Uwujaren said.
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