N9.2M Fraud: Former Deputy Chief Registrar Bags 7years Jail Term (Photo)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal office, on Friday, May 18, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of a former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio. Hon. Justice 0. M. Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court sitting in court 6, Ibadan found the convict guilty on count one of the two counts Charge preferred against her.
The count which earns the convict a jail term borders on the allegation of obtaining the sum of N9.2 million by false pretence from one Abiodun Rasheed Olonade, an Ireland based Nigerian.
However, the court dismissed count two bordering on the allegations of stealing the alleged sums on the grounds that she has already been found guilty on a more grievous offence. Adio was convicted and sentenced to 7years Imprisonment on count one without an option of fine.
The court also ordered that the convict should restitute the sum of N9.2M she fraudulently obtained back to the complainant.
The convict was earlier arraigned on Friday April 28, 2017 by the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi of the Ibadan Office of the EFCC when she pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against her. The fact that earned her the conviction states that she collected the sum of N9.2M from her victim as money realized over the sale of a property located at Plot 10, Block XXIV,
Bashorun Estate, Ibadan, but failed to provide the title documents of the property to the buyer. All efforts made by the victim to either recover the money or have possession of the property yielded no result.
The charge reads:
“That you, Mutiat Omobola Adio on or about the 19th of December, 2016, at Ibadan within the Ibadan judicial Division of this Honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Nine million and Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N9,200,000,00) only from one Alhaji Yekini Olonade through Kunle Abimbola by falsely pretending that it was part payment of the cost price of a building and land situate, lying and being at plot 10, Block XXLV, Bashorun Estate, Lagelu Local Government Area, Ibadan which you purported to have sold to him”.
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