Olakunle Owoyale, who has been robbing innocent job seekers of illegal money of around N1.4 million has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Magistrates’ Court, Abeokuta.
Owoyale (45), will serve the five years prison sentence after he was guilty of the N1.4 million fraud case against him.
According to NAN reports, the accused had pleaded not guilty to the three count charges of fraud, forgery and false representation brought against him.
The Magistrate, Mr Idowu Olayinka, stated that all evidences brought before the court during the trial fully showed that he was guilty of the offences against him.
Passing judgment, Olayinka, said: “After all evidences tendered in court, I find the accused guilty of the three-count charge of fraud forgery and false representation.
“I consequently sentence the accused to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.”
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Olakunle Shonibare, had earlier told the court that the accused committed the crime at Alani Abiodun Street, Alogi in Oban Takoma area of Abeokuta between March and May 2017.
Shonibare said the accused, under the guise of a legally-backed recruitment agent for ministries, departments and agencies cunningly defrauded 17 job applicants of N1.48 million.
Shonibare said: “Owoyale fraudulently obtained N1. 48 million from one Kolawole Ogbontolu and 16 others on the pretext of assisting them to secure jobs at the Federal Ministry of Education.
“The accused also collected N60,000 from his wife, and gave her an appointment letter stating that she was posted to the Federal Secretariat Complex in Ogun.
“The complainant had to resign his previous job and also gave the accused another N70,000 after which the accused also gave him another appointment letter into the same Federal Ministry of Education.
“For that reason, the complainant introduced 15 other people to the accused all of whom he promised to assist to secure jobs.
“When the complainant submitted the appointment letter at the Ministry of Education, Federal Secretariat in Ogun, he was told that the employment letters were fake.”
Inspector Shonibare also said the accused forged the signature of a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Jamila Shaura and also printed letterhead papers of the ministry for his dubious business.
The offences violated Sections 390 (a), (d) , 419, 480, and 486 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.