Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State, has sentenced a 22-year-old man, Abiola Emmanuel, to two years’ imprisonment for fraud.
The convict was arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.
The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”
The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.
An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo, identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibits.
Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000.