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March 25, 2021

Multi-million naira Juju scam: Fraudster sent to prison in Benin


BY AYO ESAN                    

JUSTICE A .A. Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court, sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, sentenced a man, Ogungbemi Taiwo, to eight months imprisonment for fraud.

Taiwo, who was prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had in August 2020, defrauded one Alkairu Sani of the sum of N9,225,000, by representing himself as possessing the power of increasing and doubling the said sum through sacrifices and invocation.

The charge reads, “That you Ogungbemi Taiwo on or about the month of August 2018 in Benin, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria did with intent to defraud induced one Alkairu Sani to pay the aggregate sum of Nine Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira ( N9,225,000) only into Account Number 0041475970 domiciled in United Bank for Africa, belonging to Moradeke Elizabeth Farotimi, by representing yourself as possessing the power of increasing and doubling the said sum through sacrifices and invocation of juju, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 2(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 2(C) of the same Act.”

Taiwo pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him.

In view of the plea of the defendant, the prosecution counsel, I.M.Elody, asked the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. However, counsel to the defendant, O.J.Akhere, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client had become remorseful for his actions.

Justice Demi-Ajayi convicted and sentenced Taiwo to Eight months imprisonment commencing from the date of his arrest.


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