Kunle OlayeniA Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday sentenced a 90-year-old man, Rasaki Raji, to six months imprisonment for swindling a woman of N150,000 on the pretext of procuring a half plot of land for her. He was, however, offered an option of fine of N50,000.
The convict was arraigned on a two-count charge of obtaining under false pretext and stealing. The prosecutor, Mr. Oyebanji Oluseye, said Raji committed the offence in 2014 at Idi-Oro, Apete area of Ibadan. The prosecutor added that the convict collected the money from Mrs. Omolara Ajani by promising her to get her a half plot of land, which was false.
He said: “The accused stole N150,000 and converted it for his own use on the aforementioned date and time and the offences contravened sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000”.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Giwa Babalola, said: “The accused has been found guilty of the offences as charged. He is hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment. He is, however, given an option of fine in the sum of N50,000.”