For the second time in eleven months, an Oyo State High Court has again sentenced the former Deputy Chief Registrar of the State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio to another three years in prison.

Mutiat Adio, who is currently serving a five year prison sentence having being convicted last year March for fraud, pleaded guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and issuance of Dishonored Cheque which is contrary to Sections 419 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000 and Section 1 (1) (b) of the Dishonored Cheque (Offences) Act, Cap. D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The former Chiffon Registrar was first sentenced to seven years in prison in 2018 when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, started with her.

Adio is alleged to have obtained a 2000 Model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at ₦1,500,000 (one million and five hundred thousand naira) from one Fabunmi Olatunji Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors by pretending to him that it would be paid once the cheque she issued him in the said value is presented to her bank.

The victim released the said vehicle to her but the cheque was dishonored within three months of issuance for insufficient funds in the account.

Upon arraignment on January 30th, 2018, the defendant had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed her plea to guilty, after a plea bargain agreement leading to the amendment of the charge.

Justice Owolabi thereafter pronounced defendant guilty of the offence and sentenced her to three years in prison.

The court also ordered her to restitute to Fabunmi Olatunji Samuel the sum of five hundred thousand naira in addition to the sum of one million naira she had previously paid in restitution of the victim.

With the latest development, Adio completes a hat-trick of convictions having previously been jailed twice for fraud on May 18th, 2018, she was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for obtaining ₦9.2 million from one Abiodun Olonade, a Nigerian resident in Ireland by false pretence.

Also, on March 6th, 2020 she was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for stealing the sum of twenty-two million, three hundred and seventy-five thousand, nine hundred and thirteen naira from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Mnt/Babatunde Tiamiyu

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