Femi Adesina’s impostor jailed 8 years

A Nigerian, who impersonated the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, for a non-existent appointment in the Presidency has been jailed.

The suspect, Christian Efe Oyovweyho was convicted on a two-count charge by Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court Kano on Tuesday.

The convict was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 2-count charge that borders on conspiracy and attempt to obtain, in contravention of sections 8(a) and (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

It was learnt that the defendant was arrested after Professor Dalhatu Mohammed Galadanci of the Bayero University Kano wrote a petition to EFCC stating that the convict attempted to obtain the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from him.

According to Galadanci, sometime in July 2016, the convict sent him a text message claiming to be Femi Adesina, SA to the president on Media and Publicity.

He told court that “The defendant fraudulently claimed to be speaking on behalf of the president saying my name had been forwarded for appointment in the presidency.

“He claimed to be searching for a better office for him.Subsequently, he asked me to make payment of the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) in order to facilitate appointment to one of Nigeria Port Authority, Nigerian Railway Cooperation and Rural Electrification Agency.

“At that point, I got suspicious and reported the matter to the commission.

In a ruling, Justice Abubakar found the suspect guilty and sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment without option of fine on each of the two count charge. The sentence is to run concurrently.

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