A Magistrate Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan on Monday sentenced a 90-year-old man to six months in prison for falsely obtaining and stealing the sum of N150,000 from a victim identified as Mrs Omolara Ajani.
The prosecutor, Mr Oyebanji Oluseye, told the court that the convicted individual, Rasaki Raji, committed the offence at Idi-Oro area of Apete community, Ibadan, Oyo State in 2014.
In the charge sheet number Mi/544/2016, which spelt out two count charge against Raji, the nonagenarian was accused of obtaining the sum of N150,000 from his victim under the pretext of helping her purchase half plot of land in the area where the act was committed.
The prosecutor stated that instead of honouring the agreement entered with the victim, Raji converted the money to personal use. Oluseye told the court that the act was tantamount to stealing under the law. According to Oluseye, the offences contravened sections 419 and 390(9), Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Giwa Babalola, found Raji guilty as charged before sentencing him to six months in jail. However, she gave the convict an option of N50,000 fine.