The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, presided by Justice Mojisola Dada on Friday, March 20, 2020, convicted and sentenced one Lawal Azeez Olakunle to two years imprisonment on a two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  for his involvement in internet fraud activities.

One of the charges reads: "That you Lawal Azeez Olakunle sometime in 2018 at Lagos, within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, had in your possession an email wherein you represented yourself as Vince Gill with email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and sent same to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advertising a part time business engagement in oil and gas petrol chemical firm which you know having regards to the circumstance of the case that the document contains false pretence."

The convict pleaded guilty to the charges when read to him.

Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, Ekerumwem Anana reviewed the facts of the case before the court.

Reviewing the facts, Anana told the court that the convict was arrested following an intelligence report of the activities of the convict.

He told the court that a car and an iphone7 were recovered from the convict.

Anana also told the court that the convict admitted to perpetrating the crime and that he wrote a confessional statement to show he committed the offence.

The confessional statement and printed documents from the iPhone of the convict was rendered and admitted in evidence.

Anana urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant as charged.

Justice Dada convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment and the sentence is to run concurrently.

She ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Dada however gave an "option of fine" of N1million to the convict.

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March 20, 2020