Nigeria: a man jailed for spending money given in error

A 45-year-old Nigerian man has been sentenced to two years in prison for spending 2million Naira that had been erroneously transferred into his account, the country’s anti-corruption agency says.

The judge in the south-western city of Ilorin also ordered Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, who had pleaded guilty, to repay the sum to the woman whose money he had spent.

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The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday, January 18, 2021 arraigned Oluwasegun on one-count charge bordering on stealing before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin. The offence contravenes Section 286 and punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code.

The charge reads:

“That you, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, sometime between the month of July, 2020 and 21st of August, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly took the sum of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira), property of Sherifat Omolara Sanni, which she erroneously transferred to your bank account 0008383333 domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank plc, without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 286 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 287 of the same Penal Code.”

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