Kwara state high court has sentenced a 22-year-old Chemistry undergraduate of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN); Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi; to nine months imprisonment; for defrauding three of his fellow students who were seeking accommodation.
The convict was prosecuted on three count-charges; by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC).
One of the charges read:
That you, Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobiloba, in the month of November 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, did cheat by deceiving one Anjorin Oluwabukolami Eniola, a University of Ilorin student when you fraudulently induced her to pay N45,000.00 (Forty-five Thousand Naira) into the GTbank account 045262140 of one Hassan Adefemi Daniel for hostel accommodation, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.
The Presiding judge, Justice Oyinloye found Oluwatobi guilty of all the three-count charges; and also additionally ordered him to pay the sum N105,000 fine.
Is a nine months sentence too small or too much for his offense?
What do you think?