A 25-year-old Kwara province footballer, Baraye Bamidele Saoban, of Ibrafix Football Society, Ilorin and one Adaraloye Ezekiel, have been convicted for love scam offences by a Kwara province high tribunal in Ilorin.
Baraye, hails from Ilorin, patch Ezekiel is a native of Osi, Ekiti Local Regime Area of Kwara Province.
The duo were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economical and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
They pleaded guilty to the charges in tribunal, next which, counsel to the anti-graft agency, Rashidat Alao, led witnesses in evidence to review the facts of the cases.
The witnesses, who narrated how actionable Intelligence led to the arrest of Baraye and Adaraloye, informed the tribunal that the duo specialised in ‘yahoo-yahoo’ business.
Amid items recovered from the defendants at the dot of arrest, were iPhones, incriminating messages printed from their devices and manager’s cheque raised as restitution, which were tendered and admitted by the tribunal.
Alao, urged the tribunal to convict the defendants since there was no opposite evidence to disprove the prosecution’s claim against them.
In his sentence, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, the tribunal was convinced that the prosecution had proved its instance beyond fair dubiety, based on the plea of guilt, entered by the defendants and the uncontroverted evidence tendered against them.
He sentenced Baraye to one twelvemonth jail term, with an alternative of N150,000, fine and ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone recovered from him at the dot of arrest, as good as the draft of N26,000 raised as restitution to his victims to the Federal regime.
Justice Oyinloye, also sentenced Adaraloye to 6 months jail term with a N250,000 fine alternative and ordered that the manager’s cheque of N600,000 raised as restitution to his victims.
The trial jurist farther ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone used in perpetrating the criminal offense to the Federal regime, according to Wilson Uwujaren, Chief, Media and Publicity, of the commission.
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