A magistrates’ court sitting in the Iwo Road area of Ibadan, Oyo state, has sentenced a 47-year-old civil servant, Funmi Salako to two years jail for defrauding a deaf and dumb man, Musibau Ilori.
The convict, who works with the Oyo state Ministry of Land, Housing and Surveying, was said to have collected the money from the victim, under the pretext of helping him to purchase a piece of land for farming along the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.
Police prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, told the court on Thursday, that “the accused (Salako) converted the money to her personal use without the owner’s consent.”
He said that offence contravened and punishable under sections 518 (6), 419, 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 38 Vol. II, Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The counsel for Salako, Florence Badmus, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy because the accused was the breadwinner of her family. She said her client had already refunded the sum of N500,000 to the owner.
While delivering judgment, the magistrate told the convict that she was heartless by overlooking the condition of the complainant and subsequently sentenced her to two years’ imprisonment.
The magistrate, however, gave Salako an option of fine in the sum of N60,000, adding that if she chose the option, the balance of the money must be paid.