A man in his 70s, Mr Olawale Ogun, has been slammed with seven years’ imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday for defrauding two companies of a total of N75.5 million.
Justice Mojisola Dada convicted Mr Ogun on six counts of stealing by fraudulent conversion.
Mr Ogun’s company, Storage Index Ltd., was convicted on three counts of fraudulent conversion.
Ms Dada said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved its case against the defendants beyond all reasonable doubt.
Sentencing Mr Ogun, the judge described him as a “callous, calculating and cunning old man who expended the funds on women.”
She held that bank records proved that Mr Ogun had only N900 in his bank account before perpetrating the fraud and that he spent the money on a lavish lifestyle and building houses.
According to the judge, advance fee fraud is not different from armed robbery.
“The latter occurs when the perpetrator uses a weapon but in the former, words, letters, telephones and the internet are the weapons.
“The first defendant (Ogun) is hereby convicted on all six counts as charged, while the second defendant (Storage Index Ltd.) is convicted on counts four, five and six of the charge.
“The first defendant is hereby sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on the six counts; the sentence is to commence from February 28, 2019, when he was first remanded by this court.
“The verdict of this court on the second defendant is that it winds up and its assets sold and shared in line with Section 297(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2015,” she held.
Ms Dada ordered that the defendants should make a full restitution of the total sum of N75.5 million to the complainants.
Following the judgment, Franklin Ufoma, lead prosecution counsel, expressed gratitude for the judgment.
The EFCC had charged Mr Ogun on six counts of stealing by fraudulent conversion.
Mr Ogun’s company faced three counts of the same offence.
They committed the crimes from February 21 to 23, 2017, in Lagos.