Court jails Unilorin, Kwara Poly students over love scam

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday, convicted Ganiyy Rasaq Olarewaju, a 300 Level Student of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and Olakunle Adebisi, an ND II student of Kwara State Polytechnic.

They were accused of love scam by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The anti-graft agency had on June 28, 2021, arraigned Olarewaju and Adebisi on one separate charge, to which they pleaded guilty.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, called two witnesses, Dagogo Urowayino and Shetima Yusuf, against Olarewaju and Adebisi respectively, to review the facts of the case.

The two witnesses narrated how the defendants were arrested and tendered several fraudulent messages printed from their emails.

The documents and the defendants’ phones were later admitted in evidence, following which the Judge adjourned until today for judgment.

In a separate judgment on the two cases yesterday, Justice Abdulgafar, while relying on the evidence placed before the court; the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and the plea of the defendants, pronounced the defendants guilty and sentenced them accordingly.

While Adebisi was sentenced to six months imprisonment, Olarewaju bagged one month imprisonment at the Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

However, the judgement allowed the suspension of the sentencing for the two convicts.

According to the judge, Adebisi would commence serving his term after two years when he must have graduated from the Kwara State Polytechnic, while Olarewaju sentencing would commence after one year when he must have finished his studies at the University of Ilorin.

The sentences are without option of fine for the two convicts.

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