Five persons bag 5 years jail term for defrauding Osun ex-speaker N38m

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State on Tuesday sentenced five persons to five years imprisonment each for defrauding the immediate past Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly Timothy Owoeye the sum of N38m in 2018.

The defendants namely; Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, Babatunde Oluajo, Adebiyi Kehinde Oseni, Oyebanji Oyeniyi and Rasheed Ojonla were slammed with a five-count charge bothering on conspiracy to defraud, obtaining under false pretence, public ridicule and cyber crime.

They were initially arraigned in court on October 19, 2018.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution presented 57 exhibits such as flash drives and bank statements from Guarantee Trust Bank, WEMA Bank, and First Bank, among others.

Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, while delivering his judgement, found five of the accused guilty thereby sentenced them to five years each.

Specifically, Agbabiaka, Oyebode, Ojonla (both community leaders), and Babatunde (who held the title of Prince) were found guilty of conspiracy and advance fee fraud, while Adebiyi was convicted of cyberstalking.

Oyeniyi was discharged and acquitted of all charges related to the case.

Ayoola established that the convicts had not only defrauded the former Speaker of N38 million but had also callously posted his nude video on the internet with the intent to subject him to public ridicule.

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