Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin on Monday jailed a 29-year-old ex-convict, Joshua Oluwatobi, for impersonating the Dean of Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, and others to defraud unsuspecting students seeking to pay school fees and hostel accommodation.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, arraigned Oluwatobi on four counts bordering on fraud, attempt to defraud and impersonation, to which he pleaded guilty.
Oluwatobi was convicted and jailed for six months in June 2020 by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court for a similar offence.
After spending time at the Federal Correctional Centre, Mandala, Ilorin, the convict returned to crime and was again arrested by operatives of the EFCC and brought before the court.
Following the guilty plea entered by the defendant, counsel for the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, presented a witness, Musa Sani, an operative of the anti-graft agency, through whom he reviewed the facts of the case and presented documents to establish the culpability of the defendant.
The counsel urged the court to consider the evidence of the prosecution, the admittance of guilt by the defendant and convict him as charged.
Delivering judgement, Justice Abdulgafar said the material evidence before the court showed that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge pronounced Oluwatobi guilty of the four counts and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment on each of the four counts to run concurrently.
The court also ordered the convict to restitute his victims.