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Alleged N24m Fraud: Two lawyers bag two years’ jail term in Lagos

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The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it had secured the conviction of two lawyers, Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, for their involvement in fraudulent activities.

The EFCC, in a statement by its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujarem, recalled that the convicts were arraigned sometime in October 2018 on three counts bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretenses and stealing to the tune of N24m.

The two lawyers were convicted and sentenced on Thursday to two years’ imprisonment by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, leading to their full trial.

The prosecution, through its counsel, Spiff Owede, called five witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Taiwo found the defendants guilty of the offense and sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment each, with an option of fine of N1m.

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