Criminal Law

Man who impersonates Femi Adesina bags 28 years imprisonment

A Muslim cleric who impersonates the Mr Femi Adesina, Senior Special Adviser(Media) to President Muhammadu Buhari, and other government officials on Thursday received his reward as he was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment by a Kwara State High Court.

The man whose original name is Alfa Jamiu was charged to court by the Economic an Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for presenting himself to a South Korean, Mr Keun Sig Kim as Femi Adesina, and former Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Company(NNPC), Maikanti Baru. He collected the some of N30 million from the South Korean.

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar, the trial judge imposed 28 years imprisonment on Alfa Jamiu  for charges bothering on obtaining by false pretence, contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006. The prison time is to be observed at Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

Justice Abdulgafar while delivering judgement held that the prosecution had tendered enough evidence to convince the court that the self-acclaimed Alfa Jamiu was guilty of the allegations brought against him by the anti-graft agency.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on, June 14, 2019 arraigned the defendant on four counts, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The 33-year-old Jamiu, while parading as senior government official deceived the foreign national to collect various sums of money under the pretext of securing for him an NNPC approval/ marketing form and license certificate to buy crude oil in Nigeria.

In the course of interrogation, Alfa Jamiu claimed that he used the money to conduct sacrifice for the petitioner. According to him, part of the money was used to buy vulture, elephant skin, elephant intestine, skull of a lion and liver of gorilla used as ingredients in the sacrifice.

In the course of trial, counsel to the EFCC, O. B Akinsola called two witnesses including Detective Dare Folarin who narrated how the defendant was arrested and how several fraudulent funds were traced to his bank accounts.

The Prosecution tendered evidence on how Jamiu obtained the sum of $88,521.41 from his victim under the guise of helping him to procure approval form from the NNPC. The EFCC also gave account of how the defendant impersonated some senior government officials including the then Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru; National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mrs. Aminat Zakari and Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina among others.

The defendant did not controvert the charge or the evidences tendered by the EFCC.

In his judgement, Justice Abdulgafar found Jamiu guilty of the four counts brought against him and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently.

In addition, the judge ordered the forfeiture of some properties recovered from the convict, which are proceeds of his unlawful activities. They are a four bed-room bungalow measuring 1813.132 located at Oke-Foma in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, a Toyota Corolla Car, One Plasma Television, Home Theatre, Freezer, Generator, Washing Machine and LG Air Conditioner to the Federal Government.

The court also ordered restitution to the victim of the crime.

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