Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, has secured the conviction and sentencing of two lawyers, Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convicts were arraigned sometime in October 2018 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretense, and stealing to the tune of N24 million.
One of the counts read: “That you, Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, between October 13, 2016, and November 13, 2016, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N24 million from Olawale Oyetunde under the pretense that the money was part-payment for the purchase of a property at 21 Adegbenle Street, Chevy View Estate, off Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14 of 2006.”
The defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charge, thereby leading to their full trial.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution, through its counsel, Spiff Owede, called five witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Taiwo found the defendants guilty of the offense and sentenced them to two years imprisonment each with an option of N1m million fine.
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