Ajibola Olusoji, Ibadan
A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan,Oyo State, on Tuesday, sentenced Raphael Ayomide Davies to 24 years imprisonment for money laundering.
Davies was arraigned before the court on an eight-count charge of money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, but pleaded not guilty.
However, in his argument, the prosecution counsel, Simon Harrison Ibekwute, prayed the court to convict and sentence the accused in accordance with the law.
He buttressed his argument with relevant sections of the law, as it relates to criminal offence and other vices.
After reviewing the evidence before her, Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, held that the EFCC convinced the court beyond all reasonable doubts, and that Davies was guilty as charged.
She sentenced him to 36 months on each of the eight counts.
His prison terms run concurrently and take effect from his arraignment date of February 19, 2018.
Trouble started for Davies sequel to an anonymous petition, which alleged his serial use of fictitious addresses and fake PayPal account to purchase items online, with the intention to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The Commission’s investigations into the allegations led to his arrest and prosecution.