By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto Zonal Office says it has secured a two year jail term for one Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin.
Accordingly, Oluwatosin who is also to forfeit his Kaduna home and two Mercedeze cars was on the wanted list of the US Federal Bureau for Investigation (FBI)for internet fraud.
Oluwatosin bagged the jail sentence on one count charge following his arraignment before Justice M.S. Sifawa of the Sokoto High Court by the EFCC in Sokoto.
The convict was arrested last two months by officials of the Commission at his residence on Seaman Street, U/ Maigero in Kaduna.
Briefing newsmen, the Commission’s Zonal Head of Operations, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal said Oluwatosinjad through internet fraud, swindled his victims of $150,000 an equivalent of N53,550, 000 million.
” He pleaded guilty to the charge and in view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Musa Gwani asked the Court to convict and sentence the defendant.
” Though, the defence counsel, Mr. Shamsu Dauda pleaded for mercy and that his client was a first time offender and has shown remorse and ready to restitute by forfeiting his Kaduna home and two Mercedeze cars models C550e and C450 respectively”, Lawal said.
Also, the Commission said it had secured conviction against one Isiyaku Umar a staff of former Afribank now Polaris Bank to a term of imprisonment for defrauding CCNN account with the bank of the sum of N944,800.00
According to Mr Lawal ” the case was instituted against Umar and two other staff of he bank before the Sokoto High Court in 2007 and on 11th October, 2017 the presiding Judge then, Justice M.Sifawa now Chief Judge convicted and sentenced him where he was ordered to pay N944,800 as restitution to the victim(CCNN).”
However, the Zonal Head of Operations of the Commission added” having paid the restitution which had been with he Court Registry, Umar appealed against the conviction and sentence to the Appeal Court, Sokoto Division.
” The Appeal Court in its decison dated 26th July, 2019, dismissed the appeal for lacking merit. And consequently, the Sokoto state Chief Judge in his wisdom, directed the release of the sum (N944,800.00) for onwards d release to he bank through the Commission’s Zonal Office, Sokoto”, he explained.
Receiving the recovered sum, Polaris bank representative, Mr Sammie Saporu Jeff thanked the anti graft agency’s zonal office.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the Commission’s Zonal Office disclosed that it secured the conviction of one Muhammad Muzakkir (a.k.a Mai Bakin Gyale) a currency counterfeiter before a Sokoto High Court last month October.
He was convicted before Justice Kabiru Ahmed on two separate charges of one count amended charge each for cheating which is contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322.
Muzakkir was arrested in September this year for allegedly obtaining money under false pretense and production of fake currency