- Justice Sikiru Oyinloye said the court was convinced that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that a 25-year-old footballer from Kwara State, Baraye Bamidele Saoban, and one Adaraloye Ezekiel, have been convicted for love scam offences by a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Baraye, who plays for Ibrafix Football Club in Ilorin, hails from the Kwara State capital, while Ezekiel is a native of Osi in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
It was gathered that the duo were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They pleaded guilty to the charges in court, following which, counsel to EFCC, 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 court that the duo specialised in ‘yahoo-yahoo’ business.
Among items recovered from the defendants at the point of arrest, were iPhones, incriminating messages printed from their devices, and manager’s cheque raised as restitution, which were tendered and admitted by the court.
Alao urged the court to convict the defendants since there was no contrary evidence to disprove the prosecution’s claim against them.
In his judgment, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, said the court was convinced that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, based on the plea of guilt, entered by the defendants and the uncontroverted evidence tendered against them.
He sentenced Baraye to a one-year jail term, with an option of N150,000 fine, and ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone recovered from him at the point of arrest, as well as the draft of N26,000 raised as restitution to his victims to the Federal government.
Justice Oyinloye also sentenced Adaraloye to a six-month jail term with a N250,000 fine option and ordered that the manager’s cheque of N600,000 be raised as restitution to his victims.
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