A couple has bagged 40 years imprisonment each.
Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick alongside his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle given 40 years imprisonment each by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021.
They were both found guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The duo, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, reportedly defrauded one Dunni Olateru Olagbegi of the sum of N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer.
They claimed it was meant for a spiritual cleansing in order to avoid calamitous consequence of mysterious sudden death having heard conversation by the syndicate about a Ghana-Must-Go bag filled with United States Dollar bills in the boot of a car. The victim was also tricked into bringing funds to cleanse supposed USD bills.
The victim had sometime back in May 2013, boarded a taxi with three passengers who, unknown to her, were members of a syndicate of fraudsters. As soon as she entered the vehicle, she heard the three other supposed passengers dragging about a Ghana-Must-Go bag stuffed with US Dollars in the boot of the car.
Few minutes later, one of the syndicate members told her that she must undergo cleansing to avert sudden and mysterious death, having heard their discussion.
She was thereafter taken to an unknown destination, where she subsequently started giving the defendants, and the other members of the syndicate, who are currently on the run, various sums in cash and bank payment, totaling N53,713,260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) which she allegedly sourced from the sale of her properties in both Ibadan and Lagos, to purchase items for the cleansing of United States Dollar notes, according to EFCC.