Connect with us


Fake DSS personnel bags 12 years imprisonment



Fake DSS personnel bags 12 years imprisonment

A Federal High Court in Ibadan on Monday sentenced one Ademola Lawal to a total of 12 years in jail for impersonating a personnel of the Department of State Services(DSS) and N1.85 million fraud.

Delivering judgment, Justice Patricia Ajoku convicted and sentenced Lawal based on the evidence before her and the fact that the convict pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against him.

Ajoku, who noted that the court took awareness of the fact that the convict pleaded guilty, said:

“”It is my belief that the convict is remorseful of his action now and has demonstrated that he is willing to change and contribute positively to the society.

“Nevertheless, Lawal is sentenced to two years in prison for each of the six offences to serve as deterrent to others.

“However, sentences shall run concurrently.

“In addition, Lawal shall pay the monies he fraudulently obtained from his victims which shall be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the judge said.

The defence counsel, Mr Musbau Olapade, had shortly before sentencing, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.

Olapade said that the convict was a first time offender and had learnt his lesson in a bitter way.

At the trial, counsel to the DSS, Mr T.A. Nurudeen, had told the court that the convict was arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on impersonation and threat.

Nurudeen said that the convict committed the crime between 2015 and 2019 before he was eventually apprehended.

According to the prosecutor, Lawal separately obtained N1.5 million from a director of FCMB, N200,000 from one Bako Danbata and N150,000 from one Ibrahim Bunkutu.

Nurudeen said that the convict, who posed as a personnel of the DSS, told his victims that he was in a position to help them out of their problems with the agency.

He also said that Lawal intimidated and threatened two foreigners legitimately working at Tincan Island port in Lagos State through the internet.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 1 (A) and (B) as well as 108 (2) of Advanced Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Prohibition Act Cap, 2015.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

Olawale Akinremi: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Juventus give Pirlo his first manager’s role 332 evacuees arrive Nigeria from London – NiDCOM Lewandowski dazzles as Bayern crush Chelsea to reach last eight Messi helps Barcelona sink Napoli to reach last 8 COVID-19: Lagos discharges 27 Nigerians, 5 foreigners Amosun pays tributes to late Kashamu Buhari mourns Kano businessman, Shehu Rabi’u Abiodun, Obasanjo mourn Kashamu Delta PDP returns Esiso as state chairman  Senate President Lawan sponsors wedding for 300 less-privileged, orphans in Yobe  Niger Govt. seeks establishment of Naval base to tackle banditry Makinde mourns PDP chieftain 2023: We can’t be distracted, political gladiators must exercise restraint -Okowa Nasarawa Assembly to appeal judgement nullifying former SSG’s indictment INEC inaugurates election result viewing portal New Nasarawa NMA Chairman pledges to eliminate quackery BUK Council approves appointment of Abbas as new VC A’Ibom govt discharges 26 COVID-19 patients from isolation centre Ex-minister Babatope, says shattered by Kashamu’s death Buhari mourns ex-Federal Commissioner, Olumide NEPZA key to national economic recovery – MD Osinbajo visits Ajimobi’s widow, pays tributes to late governor LAWMA arrests 13 cart pushers for environmental laws violation Nasarawa Assembly accuses LG Chairman of insubordination Ize-Iyamu: Sack your governors, senators facing corruption charges, Presidency tells PDP Congress: Abia PDP elects new executive 2023: I will not choose my successor- Gov Umahi declares Climate change: Group tasks communities, schools on tree planting Exam malpractice: COVID-19 will check ‘giraffing’ among students — Umahi PDP Congress: Nnamani, others return unopposed in Enugu  Insurgency: Ndume solicits community, political leaders support for military Killers of village head, Immigration officer arrested in Nasarawa – Gov. Sule Don’t bottle-feed your children, practice exclusive breastfeeding, Abia Govt official tells mothers Mobile Police training school will enhance security in Nasarawa- Gov. Sule Edo 2020: APC admonishes supporters against violence COVID-19: Kwara receives N100m grant from W/Bank FG begins feasibility study for Brass Shipyard project Judicial system integrity pivotal to all spheres of society -Osinbajo INEC appoints new REC, Administrative Secretary for Bayelsa Katsina State  Govt urges communities to provide intelligence information on banditry, criminal activities Human rights activist calls for action to stop killings in Southern Kaduna Expert urges shipowners to negotiate with AMCON to forestall foreclosure FG spends N14bn on CCT, school feeding in Jigawa within 29 months PDP supporters in Dogara’s hometown defect to APC, say former Speaker, their ‘political godfather’ Rotary Club plant trees against climate change impact in Abuja NiDCOM chief mourns basketball player, Michael Ojo Beware of scammers, Ekiti varsity cautions admission seekers Senate President sponsors marriage of 100 less-privileged spinsters in Yobe, 200 more to benefit Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election NAF commissions 114 medics, as President Buhari demands absolute loyalty to Nigeria