It was judgement day for advance fee fraudster, Olumile Adedeji (a. k. a. Ade Bendel), as a Lagos High Court on Monday sentenced him to six years in jail following his plea of guilt when the one count charge of obtaining money by false pretence was read to him.
Adedeji who has been standing trial since 2003 for duping an Egyptian Army General, Ali Muhammed Fasie, changed his plea after the new charge was read to him by the court.
At the commencement of hearing in the matter, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ogunde, had told the court presided over by Justice Kazeem Olokooba that there was an amended charge which he prayed should be read to the accused.
On essential facts of the matter, Ogunde told the court that sometime in September 2001, Fasie in company of certain persons, including one Olufemi Ayeni (now at large), visited Adedeji in his office at Ikeja on the pretence that he (Adedeji) was the president of Worldwide Organisation, a company that Ayeni told Fasie was to be responsible for the transportation of some money that he (Fasie) and Ayeni wanted to use for business.
On getting to the office, Adedeji reportedly told Fasie that some chemicals would be needed to remove the security covers on the currency before they could be handed over to him (Fasie). For the purpose of procuring the chemicals, Fasie reportedly gave $200,000.00 in cash to Adedeji.
It later turned out that there was no such organisation called Worldwide Organisation and there were no chemicals to be purchased.
The money collected was also not returned.
While pleading for leniency, council to Adedeji, Olalekan Ojo, told the court that the accused has no previous conviction.
– Daily Independence