Fisayo Adetoro, a final year student has been found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, and sentenced to cumulative 13 years in prison and one million naira fine.
Adetoro, reportedly a first class candidate of Business Administration at a private university in Ondo state on 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure, in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
His allegations, according to the charge sheet, include falsely representing himself to be Bawa Mohammed Sanni to defraud his victims to the tune of thousands of United States Dollars.
The undergraduate was said to have used a fake name to register for a Nigerian Driver’s Licence bearing his photograph, as well as laundering sums running to millions of naira.
The EFCC, represented by Dr. Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two victims of his money laundering activities, to prove its case, while the accused called three witnesses.
The presiding judge found Adetoro guilty in four of the six charges and sentenced him to two years for falsification of documents (Count 2). and three years for uttering official document (Counts 3 and 4).
He also received five years imprisonment with a fine of N1milion for money laundering (Count 6) and the jail terms are to run concurrently.
Justice Olubanjo, however, considered the convict for suspended sentence of six months community service.
The judge yielded to his counsel’s pleadings which were premised on his health, academic standing and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.
The suspended sentence, according to the court, would only stand if he observes the days without breaking.
The judge warned that if he misses one day within the six months stretch, the original sentence will be fully effected.