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He was affected by peer pressure, lawyer begs as 21-year-old ‘Yahoo Boy’ bags six-month jail term

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The Federal High Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday, sentenced a 21-year-old man, Adeleke Oluwaseyi, to six months imprisonment for internet fraud.

The convict, who pretended to be a U.S. citizen with the name, Patrick Bob, on the internet, was arrested on June 19 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Oyo State Command.

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Justice Joyce Abdulmalik sentenced Adeleke to six months imprisonment and ordered that the 150 dollars, phones, laptop with WiFi Router recovered from him be forfeited to the Federal Government through the EFCC.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mr S.M. Obiekute, told the court that the convict “used fake identity to take financial advantage of his victims.”

The defence counsel, Mr Adewale Ayoade, however, appealed leniency for the convict who pleaded guilty, that

He is young; a youth affected by peer pressure and trend.

“And as the essence of punishment is to correct and deter, if he’s exposed to prison custody for too long, there’s a possibility that the essence of punishment might be forfeited,” he said.

The antigraft agency said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 22(3)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud.

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Court sentences man to five years imprisonment for possession of hard drugs

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Delivering judgment, Justice Dorcas Agishi, described the illegal possession and trafficking of hard drugs as “detrimental’ and “dangerous” to the youths of the country.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested the convict in 2017 for trafficking in hard drugs including Tramadol, Dizapham, Exol-5 among others.

Okeke-Okoye was found guilty on two counts and sentenced to five (5) and two (2) years on each count, which are to run concurrently.

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“With the evidence available before this honorable Court, the accused is not a first offender who supply the dangerous substances.

“He has contributed to the destruction of the society through criminal tendencies especially selling illicit drugs against the law of Nigeria,” she said.

The judge explained that the testimonies of PW1 and PW3 are lucidly proven that the accused the offense without any doubt after she carefully studied all of them.

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She said: “the evidence in chief has already indicated the Okeke-Okoye, in which it clearly shows that his shop was raided by NDLEA head of operation sometimes in July 2017 and tremors, tramadol Dizapham, Exol-5 among others were uncovered.”

Earlier, NDLEA Counsel, Mr. S. Abdullahi, had told the court that offenses Committed by the accused contravened the provisions of Sections 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act.

Abdullahi asserted that the defendant was not a first offend, stating that he was convicted and sentenced twice for similar offenses.

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But the defense counsel, Mr. Nasir Idoko, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy as the accused is the breadwinner of the family and more so that he has pledged not to repeat or continue in the illicit drugs business again.

Idoko also claimed that the defendant was a first offender and should be treated with leniency.

Also speaking, Okeke-Okoye’s sick wife, who was present in court with their five children during the proceedings, pleaded for mercy.

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German police officers jailed for using office for sexual abuse

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Two German police officers each received prison terms of two years and three months on Monday for abusing their office to sexually abuse a Polish-born woman whose documentation they were investigating.

The prosecution had earlier dropped a charge of aggravated rape by the two men, aged 23 and 28.

The court found that the officers had traveled with the woman to her home in Marlishausen in the state of Thuringia in September 2019 to check her documents after doubting the authenticity of documentation she had presented.

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It acknowledged the possibility that the woman had initiated sexual intercourse but found that she had done this out of fear of the consequences should she not do so.

Where the prosecution had called for a suspended sentence, the court found that the crime had been deeply shocking and damaging to the integrity of the police and imposed a prison term.

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Court remands teenager over alleged murder

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  An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the remand of a 17-year-old, Ojo Peter, at the Correctional Centre in Ado-Ekiti over alleged conspiracy and murder.

The defendant, whose address was not provided, is being tried for alleged murder.

The police prosecutor, Insp. Caleb Leramo told the Court that the defendant committed the offence on June 16, in Ado-Ekiti.

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He alleged that the defendant conspired with others to murder Obadare Falade, a 38-year-old man.

Leramo told the court that the defendant conspired with some mob in his neighbourhood and partook to beat up the deceased which eventually led to his death.

He noted that the offences contravened Sections 324 and 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

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The prosecutor urged the Court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The plea of the defendant was not taken.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abdulhamid Lawal, ordered the remand of the defendant at the Correctional Centre, pending issuance of legal advice.

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He adjourned the case until July 30 for mention.

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