A 30-year-old fraudster, Gabriel Adekola Oluokun, was yesterday Thursday 23rd July, 2020, sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State for defrauding a Taiwanese of at least $22,300 being payment for supply of 100 metric tonnes of beniseed which he failed to supply. Dele Oyewale, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC spokesperson said this in a statement today Friday, 24th July 2020. The Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC had on 6th April 2018, filed a six-count amended charge of obtaining money by false pretence against Oluokun, sequel to a petition from a citizen by name Nduka Lucious.
In the petition, Lucious alleged that Mr Oluokun collected the sum of $22,300 from him in three instalments based on their agreement that he would supply 100 metric tonnes of sesame seeds to one Victoria Xhung, a Taiwanese businesswoman, whom Lucious represents here in Nigeria.
However, Mr Oluokun converted the money to his personal use and failed to deliver the goods as agreed. Justice Abdulmalik after hearing the arguments of both sides, found Oluokun guilty on four of the six counts charge against him. She consequently sentenced him to five years incarceration for every of the four charges he was found guilty of.
She ordered that Mr Oluokun return the sum of $22,300 to the Taiwanese victim, and warned that failure to do so will incur extra two years on each count. She also ruled that one Toyota Corolla Saloon car belonging to the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.