Boutique owner

The Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, on Friday, sentenced a 25-year-old boutique owner, Muhammed Soliu, to 18 months imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud.

The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Yusuf, sentenced Soliu to imprisonment after he was found guilty on the three counts levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Yusuf pronounced a prison term of 6 months on each count, to run concurrently.

According to statement issued on Friday by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, Soliu was arrested on August 2, 2022 when operatives of the anti-graft agency, while acting on intelligence on the infamous activities of some internet fraudsters in Ilorin, traced him to his house located at Oke-Ose area of the metropolis.

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“Investigation into the case revealed that Soliu, in the course of his illegal deals benefited over N28 million, part of which he used to build a house, establish a boutique and purchase a Toyota Camry car,” Uwujaren stated.

However, the judge, while sentencing the convict gave N100,000 as option of fine on each count.

Justice Yusuf also ordered the forfeiture of a 3-bedroom bungalow located at Yangamu, Oke-Ose, Ilorin; a Toyota Camry car, 78 pieces of new clothes recovered at his boutique, one standing fan, N1.48 million proceeds of the crime found in the convict’s bank account, and the two phones, which he used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.

The Star

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