Hon. Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 convicted and sentenced Damilare Adelaja and Banjo Femi (a.k.a Katherine Bishop, Lonely Diva) to four months imprisonment each after they opted for a plea bargain and pleaded guilty on one-court charge bordering on impersonation.
The convicts were re-arraigned separately by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan zonal office.
Before agreeing to the amended charges, the convict had pleaded not guilty when they were originally arraigned.
Banjo was initially arraigned with a two-count charge, while Adelaja’s one-count charge bordered on obtaining by false pretence.
Having agreed with the anti-graft agency on the terms of the bargain, the EFCC counsel prayed the court to accordingly convict the defendants.
Adeola Elumaro and Mabas Mabur were the prosecution counsel in the cases against Adelaja and Banjo respectively.
In his judgement, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced them to four months imprisonment each. The jail terms will take effect from November 15, 2018, their day of arrest.
The court also ruled that the items recovered from the convicts be forfeited to their victims, including the cash being extorted.
Banjo will lose his Laptop, Phone and $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty United States of America Dollars), while Adelaja is to surrender his Phone and $30 (Thirty United States of America Dollars) to their victims through the Federal Government of Nigeria, being part of the benefits they derived from their fraudulent acts.
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March 14, 2019