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Court sentences man to 7-year-jail term over N30m fraud in Lagos

A fraudster identified as Tunde Martins on Monday has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere over alleged N30m fraud.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the convict had obtained the said sum as a loan from Diamond Bank Plc with a forged certificate of occupancy and refused to pay back.

According to report, the convict started his journey to prison after he was arraigned alongside his company, Centre Global Limited by the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2018 on three counts bordering on obtaining by false pretences, forgery and use of false documents, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution counsel, Anita Imo tendered several documents as exhibits and called five witnesses during Martins’ trial.

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren stated that Justice Oyefeso found Martins guilty of the offences on September 23, 2020, but deferred ruling to Monday, September 28, 2020.

Delivering her judgment, Oyefeso sentenced the convict to seven years’ imprisonment without an option of fine.
She also ordered that his company, Centre Global Limited, be wound up and all the money accrued from it remitted to Diamond Bank Plc.

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