For their involvement in financial fraud, two Lagos lawyers — Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi — have been sent to jail for two years each.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, who handed down the judgment, said the duo was guilty of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of N24 million.
They were, however, given an option of N1 million fine.
The legal practitioners were arraigned sometime in October 2018 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
They had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Spiff Owede, had called five witnesses and tendered several documents to prove his case.
Both Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, had between 13th October, 2016 and 13th November, 2016 in Lagos obtained N24 million from Olawale Oyetunde under the pretence that the money was part payment for the purchase of a property at 21, Adegbenle Street, Chevy View Estate, off Chevron Drive, Lekki Lagos.
The EFCC said the offences contravened
Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 14 of 2006.