Senator faces trial over internet fraud

Senator Olabode Ola

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned former Senator Olabode Ola before Justice Adeyemi  of Ekiti state high court over a criminal case bordering on the use of a cyber cafe owned by the senator by an under graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Olasaidi Dare to attempt to obtain money under false pretences.

Mr. Dare himself has, according to the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, been sentenced to five year imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna after he was found guilty of attempt to obtain money by false pretences using the cyber cafe belonging to Mr. Ola.

Justice Lawal Shuaibu sentenced the convict and ordered that his imprisonment should take effect from the date of his arrest.

Mr. Dare was arrested  on March 31st, 2008 at Friendly’s Cyber Café  located at Friendly’s Hotel  along Adebayo Street in Ado-Ekiti, while attempting to defraud  an unsuspecting victim overseas using the internet facilities of the  café. He was arrested alongside other suspects, one of whom had earlier been convicted by the same court.

 The former Senator is being charged over an alleged illegal use of his premises and failure to register his cyber café with all regulatory agencies, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.  He is being tried along with the manager of the cafe.

The EFCC, in an operation codenamed Cyberstorm 1, raided all illegal cyber cafes all over the nation in March 2008.  The operation yielded several arrests and exposed several owners of un-registered cafes. Dare was among those arrested and his conviction only reinforces the illegality and criminality of his actions.

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