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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  • JamesWilliams

    This is story reflects a lazy journalistic job. Any research on this case would have also shown you that the EFCC was ordered to pay Senator Ola 50.8 million naira for the raid on his property, seizure of his computers and wrongful arrest. Also, any research would have shown you that the so-called cyber cafe is actually a business center of the hotel, owned by Senator Ola, but managed by others. Any researh would have shown you that the man that was convicted was using his own laptop in the hotel premises. Any research would have shown you that the EFCC wrote a letter to the Senator showing him that none of the 27 computers they seized from his hotel was implicated. Any research would have shown you that Senator Ola is in court seeking to actualize his electoral mandate against the ACN party in his state. Without any of this basic fact-finding, I honestly believe that the above story was sponsored for political opponents of Senator Ola, who probably paid money to this journalist for this story. By the way, the senator was arraigned over a month ago and was granted bail on self recognition. None of that made it to this crappy report.

  • JaniceD

    Sani Tukur, you are a disgrace. How much did they pay you to write this nonsense? This was not what happened. You are just an ignoramus.

    • Mahmatmario

      @ JaniceD …If that is not what happened, please avail us of the truth. You cant just condemn what we have all read without giving us a reason why we should not believe it. We are waiting pls.