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Mar 16, 2012
Spiritualist Sentenced to 55 yrs for defrauding woman of N20.7m
lagos-A spiritualist, Gabriel Ogunniyi, has been sentenced to 55 years imprisonment by a Lagos State High Court, for defrauding a woman of N20.7millon. He pleaded guilty to the charge.
The convict who was charged to court by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was said to have lied to Mrs Sike Fadere, that he could solve her “business and spiritual problems” using his powers of “invocation.”
Trial judge, Justice Morenike Obadina, convicted Ogunniyi of the eight counts of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence brought against him.
The court handed down 10 years each on some counts, and five on others, all adding up to 55 years, though the terms will run concurrently and take effect from November 24, 2005, when he was arraigned in court.
The charge against the convict read: “that you, Gabriel Ogunniyi, some time in February 2004 at Egbeda, Akowonjo, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, obtained 100,000 euros from Mrs Sike Ade Fadare.”
The charge added, “You pretended to her that you possessed power and skill invocation of invisible means to solve Mrs Fadere’s business and spiritual problems which pretence you knew to be false.”
The offences contravened sections 2 (b) and 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006.