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Son of the former Rector of Federal Poly Offa convicted of cyber crime.

In connection with cybercrime, the son of former Federal Poly Offa Rector was sentenced to prison.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured the arrest of Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, son of a former Deputy Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, on Thursday, February 3, 2022, for charges touching on cybercrime.

Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju,
Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju,

According to the anti-graft agency, Olaoye was apprehended alongside one Badmus Ridwan Moyosore, a native of Ibadan, Oyo State, and one Abdulsalam Ibrahim, a local of Malete in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, among others.

The trio of Olaoye, Badmus, and Abdulsalam, who were each charged with a different crime by the anti-graft agency, all entered guilty pleas to their individual allegations.

A few hours after their pleadings, Rasheedat Alao, the lawyer for the EFCC, called witnesses who are operatives of the Commission to review and explain the facts of the case.

Olaoye was accused of defrauding one of his victims out of $2,000 (Two Thousand United States Dollars), according to the testimony of a witness who testified against him, while the testimony against Badmus indicated that the defendant swindled his victim out of the sum of $200. (Two Hundred United States Dollars).

As part of this same vein, Abdulsalam was accused of being involved in the “sugar baby relationship scam” and that over N18 million thought to be profits of criminal operations moved through his bank account, according to testimony.

The defendants’ extrajudicial statements, fake documents printed from their devices, and objects recovered from them at the time of their arrest were all tendered and entered into evidence in the case against them.

Following that, Alao pleaded with the court to find the defendants guilty as charged.

EFCC has established its charges against the defendants, according to Justice Akinpelu in her ruling. The defendants were found to be guilty by the court.

The judge sentenced Olaoye to six months jail with the option of paying a fine of N150, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) in lieu of imprisonment. The court further directed that an iPhone, which he utilized in the commission of the offence, as well as a draft of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira), which he raised as restitution, be forfeited to the Federal Government by the defendant.

On the other hand, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Badmus to six months jail with the option of a fine of N100, 000.00 (one hundred thousand Naira) in lieu of imprisonment. Additionally, the Federal Government received two cell phones and a laptop computer that were utilized by the offender in order to commit the crime.

In a similar vein, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Abdulsalam to six months imprisonment with the option of paying a fine of N150, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as well.

The judge also ordered the seizure to the federal government of a Toyota Camry car, two cellphones, and a laptop computer that had been used by the offender as an instrument of the crime.

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