Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, on Tuesday
convicted and sentenced 19-year-old Chemistry undergraduate of
University of Ilorin, Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi to nine months imprisonment
for defrauding three fellow students who were seeking accommodation.
The convict was prosecuted on three count-charges by the Ilorin Zonal
Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).
One of the charges read: “That you, Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobiloba, in the
month of November 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this
honorable court, did cheat by deceiving one Anjorin Oluwabukolami
Eniola, a University of Ilorin student when you fraudulently induced her
to pay N45,000.00 (Forty-five Thousand Naira) into the GTbank account
045262140 of one Hassan Adefemi Daniel for hostel accommodation, a
representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section
322 of the same Law.”
Justice Oyinloye found Oluwatobi guilty of all the three-count charges
and aside the prison term, additionally ordered him to pay the sum
N105,000 (One Hundred and Five Thousand Naira) fine so as to serve as
deterrent to others, nursing such a crime.
“This honourable court is of the view that the prosecution has proved
its case beyond reasonable doubt, the court hereby finds you, Ajayi
Joshua Oluwatobi guilty of Count 1, 2 and 3. You are hereby convicted
for the offence,” he said.
Each count attracts three months imprisonment, which runs concurrently.
The convict ran into trouble when the University of Ilorin reported a
case of defrauding three accommodation- seeking students to the EFCC.