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Court remands ex-convict for defrauding students, sentences four fraudsters

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After serving six months’ imprisonment, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned a 29-year-old alleged fraudster, Joshua Oluwatobiloba, at a Kwara State High Court for offences bordering on impersonation and cyber fraud.

Oluwatobiloba had in June 2020 been convicted of fraud and had spent his jail term at the Mandala Correctional Centre.

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HE was said to have gone back to crime and was again arrested by operatives of the EFCC.

The EFCC told the court that Oluwatobiloba impersonated the Dean, Student Affairs, and one Dr Efuntayo Oluwatobi, of the University of Ilorin, to scam students seeking hostel accommodation and to pay school fees.

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He was arraigned on four counts before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar.

Oluwatobiloba pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Justice Abdulgafar adjourned till Thursday, November 25, 2021, and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

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In another development, the EFCC secured the conviction of four persons for Internet fraud.

The convicts, according to the EFCC, are Afolabi Gafar, Yusuf Ajibola, Eniola Abdulbashit and Oludare Victor.

Gafar and Yusuf were convicted by Justice Adenike Akinpelu and Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, respectively, while the conviction of Abdulbashit and Oludare were secured before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

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Justice Akinpelu sentenced Gafar to six months with option of fine.

Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Yusuf to six months imprisonment and ordered the convict to forfeit his Lexus car.

In the same vein, Justice Sani sentenced Oludare and Abdulbashit to six months imprisonment each with option of fine of N200,000.

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