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Land Racketeer Bags 7 Years Jail In Ibadan



Justice Mohammed Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court has sentenced a land racketeer, Joseph Adebayo, to seven years in prison for defrauding one Ikemefune Sunny of N700,000 (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira).

Adebayo was on Friday, pronounced guilty of a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office.

The charge reads: “That you Joseph Adebayo, on the 16th of October, 2017 or thereabout, in Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable court, fraudulently and with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N700,000.00 (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) only from one Ikemefune Sunny on the pretence that the money is for a plot of land located at back of Christ High School, Odo-Ona Elewe, Area, Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, which you purported to sell to him, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence”.

Adebayo’s ignoble journey to prison started with a petition submitted to the EFCC’s Ibadan office in which the petitioner alleged that sometimes in October, 2017 he purchased from him a plot of land located at the back of Christ High School, Odo-Ona Elewe area, Oluyole, Ibadan.

According to him, the land which was housing an uncompleted building was sold for the sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700, 000.00).

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He further alleged that despite paying the complete fee as agreed, he was unable to take physical possession of the property as he was stopped by the original owner when he attempted to build a perimeter fence around the land.

He stated that since he was prevented from taking possession of the said land, he approached the accused person to either resolve the logjam or return his money.
Rather than refund the money, he added, the accused became elusive. The development prompted the petition.

After conducting its investigations, the EFCC charged Adebayo to court.

The accused pleaded not-guilty when the charge was read to him, and was granted bail pending the determination of the matter.

In the course the trial, the prosecution counsel, Ifeanyi Agwu, presented two witnesses, whereas, the accused only testified for himself.
At the court’s sitting on Friday, Justice Owolabi said he had analyzed the evidences before the court and found Adebayo guilty as charged.
He sentenced him to seven years in prison without an option of fine.


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EFCC re-arraigns lovers for alleged N17.5m charcoal fraud



The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, re-arraigned one Alice Peace John, alongside her boyfriend, Fadi Alloush before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan for fraud in the sale of charcoal.

The duo were dragged to the court on three-count charges of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining the sum of N17, 500, 000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) under false pretences.

One of the charges read, “That you Fadi Alloush and Alice Peace John between the 18th October, 2019 and 23rd December, 2019 at Ibadan, within Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court, did commit an illegal act to wit: stealing of the sum of N17,500,000 (Seventeen Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) , property of Coco-Dor Nigeria Limited and Houssam Nasreddine.”

The offence is contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Laws, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which prosecution counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, applied for a trial date, while defence counsel, Olukunle Kamisi prayed the court to allow the bail earlier granted the defendants subsist.

Justice Taiwo granted the defendants’ prayer.

According to the judge, “The bail shall subsist and that in the event where there is delay on the defendants’ part, their bail will be revoked.” He adjourned the matter till October 8, 2020 for trial.

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It could be recalled that the defendants were initially arraigned before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court on March 17, 2020 but had to be re-arraigned on Wednesday following the reassignment of the case to Justice Taiwo.

The defendants’ journey to the dock stretched from January to December 2019, when the victim, Houssam Nasreddine transferred a total sum of N17, 500, 000.00 to the account of the first defendant, John, for the purchase of charcoal from Iwere lle, Oyo State for export, which the defendant bought and loaded in containers at the Hapag LLOYD Shipping Company, Apapa, Lagos for exportation, but rather than sell the goods in the name of the rightful owner, she allegedly connived with her boyfriend, Alloush and transferred the ownership of the goods and sold them off.
The petitioner added that all efforts he made to retrieve either the charcoal or his money were frustrated by the defendants.


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Ibadan: EFCC arrests brothers, three others for alleged internet fraud {Photos}




Operatives of the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, have arrested two pairs of brothers : Ayoola Timilehin, Olusola Timilehin, and Oladayo Fayemi, Tolulope Fayemi and three others suspected to be internet fraudsters.

They were arrested at their hide out on Wednesday, at Alaka, Elebu area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The other three suspects arrested with them are Temitope Kumuyi, Babatunde Oyelakin and Olanrewaju Ibrahim. They are all between 20 and 30 years age range.

The suspects were arrested based on intelligence linking them with opulence without any identifiable means of livelihood. Items recovered from them, include: four cars, laptops, exotic phones and a stamp bearing the identity of the bursary section of Queensland University’s School of Medicine, Australia.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.


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Dapo Lam Adesina disclaims fake Facebook accounts



A former member of the House of Representatives representing Ibadan Southeast / Northeast federal constituency, Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina says it has come to his notice of parody Facebook accounts opened in his name.


The ex-lawmaker, warned  on Friday through his verified Facebook page  that the two parody Facebook accounts that were opened in his name should be disregarded.

The two accounts are : Hon. Dapo Adesina and Dapo Lam  Adesina .

According to Mega Icon Magazine checks, such parody Facebook accounts were being operated by some fraudulent individuals with the aim of deceiving unsuspecting members of the public

“Kindly be informed that these two Facebook accounts that are opened in my name are not mine and should be disregarded.
“You can also help to report the accounts so that Facebook can pull them down.
“Thank you for the love always . Have a great weekend ahead”, he said.

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