Tuesday 7 November 2023

Court jails five for defrauding ex Osun Assembly Speaker N38m

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has convicted five conmen for defrauding Osun Assembly ex-Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, a sum of N38 million, and releasing his nude video to the internet. 

The convicts; Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, Abdul-Rasheed Ojonla, Babatunde Oluajo, Adebiyi Kehinde, Oyebanji Oyeniyi and Ismaila Azeez were arraigned in court on October 19th 2018. 

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola convicted 5 persons over the offences hinged on conspiracy, advance free fraud, and cyberstalking, among others. 

Agbabiaka (community leader), Oyebode(community leader), Ojonla (community leader), and Babatunde (Prince) were convicted for conspiracy and advance free fraud while Adebiyi was convicted for cyberstalking. 

Justice Ayoola established that the convicts swindled the Ex-speaker of N38 million and also posted his nude video on the internet to defame and further extort him.

The judge, who said the accused persons portends grave danger to the society, said most of the victims of similar occurrences often resort to not coming out to the public.

The 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th defendants, Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, and Babatunde Oluajo respectively were convicted and sentenced to 5years imprisonment having been found guilty of the 1st and 2nd count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense.

He, however, discharged and acquitted the 7th defendant, Ismaila Azeez, on the 4th and 5th count charge bothering on cyberbullying while Kehinde Oseni was found guilty of the same charge and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.


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