six months in prison for an $18,000 (Eighteen Thousand Dollar Fraud)
The defendants were arraigned on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, following
their arrest for defrauding a Bureau De Change Operator, Nasiru Ibrahim,
on the pretext that the said amount of money would be sent to a recipient
The first count reads: “That you, Elijah Oluwaseun Kuti, sometime in
December, 2016 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, had in your
possession, money which you unlawfully obtained from one Nasiru Ibrahim of
Azama Bureau De Change Limited and committed an offence contrary to
Section 329 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2015.”
The second count reads: “That you, Ibrahim Ado Yerima, sometime in
December 2016, at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, had in your
possession the sum of Three Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira
(N3, 650, 000. 00) reasonably suspected to have been stolen from one
Nasiru Ibrahim of Azama Bureau De Change Limited and committed an offence
contrary to Section 329 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of
They pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
Prosecuting counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, informed the court of a plea bargain
entered into by the defendants on March 8, 2019 and sought to review the
facts of the case.
Buhari informed the court that the defendants had paid some of the money
to their victim, and also agreed to forfeit the car purchased with the
proceeds of the fraud to him.
She, thereafter, tendered their statements, petition and statement of
account as evidence.
She urged the court to convict them as contained in the plea bargain
Counsels to the defendants, U. G.Ezeaba and O. C Aibangbee, pleaded for
leniency on behalf of their clients, asking the court to consider the fact
that they chose freely, after being informed of their right, not to waste
the time of the court and pleaded guilty.
Justice Solebo thereafter, convicted and sentenced them, accordingly.