Court Convicts Five Men For Defrauding Ex-Osun Assembly Speaker Of N38m

Court Convicts Five Men For Defrauding Ex-Osun Assembly Speaker Of N38m

In a significant legal verdict, a Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, has handed down five-year prison sentences to five individuals.

Found guilty of defrauding the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, of a substantial sum totaling N38 million.

The convicts, identified as Kazeem Agbabiaka, Femi Oyebode, Abdul-Rasheed Ojonla, Babatunde Oluajo, Adebiyi Kehinde.

And Ismaila Azeez, were also convicted for posting a compromising video of the former lawmaker online.

The incident dates back to 2018 when the blackmailers released a 13-second video purportedly showing Owoeye.

Who represented Ilesa East at the State Assembly, taking a bath in a market square at night.

The video, which quickly gained traction on the internet, depicted Owoeye being confronted by a group of individuals.

Who accused him of participating in a ritual bath aimed at ensuring his success in the 2019 general elections.

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The convicted individuals, namely Agbabiaka (a herbalist), Oyebode (a community leader), Ojonla (also a community leader).

And Babatunde (known as Prince), were found guilty of conspiracy and advance-fee fraud, while Adebiyi was convicted of cyberstalking.

During the four-year-long trial, the prosecution presented a total of 57 exhibits, including flash drives.

And bank statements from Guaranty Trust Bank, Wema Bank, and First Bank, among others.

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Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, in his ruling, established that the convicts swindled the ex-Speaker out of N38 million.

And posted his nude video online, causing significant harm to his reputation.

Despite pleas from the convicts' counsel to consider their status as first-time offenders and family men.

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Justice Ayoola ultimately handed down a five-year prison sentence to each of the individuals. The accused were initially brought before the court on October 19, 2018.

This landmark judgment serves as a powerful deterrent against similar acts of blackmail and fraud.

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