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Man bags 97 years jail term over N5.6m fraud

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Justice A.O. Otaluka of the FCT High Court, sitting in Apo yesterday has sentenced one Clement Joseph, a.k.a. Dr. Omale to 97 years prison term with no option of fine. He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 7, 2017 on a seven-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N5,600,000.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on the conspiracy charge and 15 years each on the rest of the six charges, totaling 97 years. The prison terms run concurrently, and he would, however, serve only 13 years, having been in custody for two years.

The convict is also expected to make N5.6 million refund to his victim, Bola Akintola, following a plea by the prosecuting counsel, Elizabeth Joseph. The convict had defrauded Akintola of the said sum on the false pretence of having mystical power to deliver her from untimely death. The offence runs contrary to Section 8(a) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

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