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TWO MEN SENTENCED TO 17YEARS IN PRISON FOR STEALING GOV. AREGBESOLA (OSUN STATE GOVERNOR) MOBILE PHONE

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Osogbo High Court has sentenced Babatunde
Ogunjobi, 33, and Abdulgafar Yusuf, 39, to 10 and
seven years imprisonment respectively for stealing
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s cell phone and duping with
it.
Justice Saka Falola, who gave the verdict on Friday,
said the convicts should serve the 17 years at the
Federal Prison, Ilesa, because of the gravity of the
offences.
The accused were convicted on charges of
conspiracy, stealing and impersonation.
Aregbesola’s phone (Sony Ericson) valued N50,000,
was stolen on Nov. 27, 2010 at Technical College
sports ground in Osogbo.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Dapo
Adeniji, had told the court that Yusuf, a prison
warder, stole the phone.
“He connived with Babatunde at Osun State
Technical College, Osogbo, to defraud one Shenge
Rahman of N200,000 with the phone on May 24,
2011.
“The two also defrauded the Owa Obokun of
Ijeshaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, of N500,000
on June 3, 2011with the stolen phone, number
08039404966, claiming to be the Governor of Osun.
“They pretended to be Aregbesola, demanding
some huge amount of money from the
complainants on several occasions.
“It was when the information got to the governor
that they were both apprehended with the help of
operatives of the Directorate of State Security,
Osun’’, Adeniji said.
He said the offences contravened sections 1c 3, 8c,
484 and 390 of the Criminal Code cap 34, Vol.11,
Laws of Osun, 2002 and 2006.
Adeniji commended the judgment, adding that
justice had taken its course.
Counsel to the convicts, Mr Akin Ladipo, had
pleaded with the court to temper justice with
mercy. [NAN]

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