24 September 2021
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Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has convicted and sentenced a football player with the Ibrafix Football Club, Ilorin, Bamidele Baraye, to one-year imprisonment for a love scam.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said Baraye, 25, who hails from Ilorin, was jailed alongside one Ezekiel Adaraloye, a native of Osi, in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, for a similar offence.
The two men were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.
The defendants pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.
Following their pleas, counsel for the agency, Rashidat Alao, led witnesses in evidence to review the facts of the cases.
The witnesses narrated how actionable intelligence led to the arrest of Baraye and Adaraloye, telling the court that the duo specialised in ‘Yahoo’ business.
Items recovered from the defendants at the point of arrest included iPhones, incriminating messages printed from their devices, and a cheque raised as restitution.
Alao urged the court to convict the defendants.
Justice Oyinloye, in his judgment on Wednesday, said the court was convinced that the prosecution proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt.
The judge sentenced Baraye to one-year imprisonment with a fine option of N150,000.
He also ordered the convicted footballer to forfeit the iPhone recovered from him as well as the draft of N26,000 he raised as restitution to his victims to the Federal Government.
Adaraloye also bagged a jail term of six months with a fine option of N250,000