An Ikeja High Court has sentenced one Tope Peter Obi to one-year imprisonment for possession of fraudulent documents.
Justice O.A. Okunuga convicted him on Tuesday, on a one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The EFCC, in a statement released on November 22, 2022, said the convict was arraigned by its Lagos Zonal Command.
The count reads; “That you, Tope Peter Obi, sometime on the 8th day of July, 2022 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents wherein you fraudulently represented yourself as Chris Lane, an American to one Hewitt, a representation of which from the circumstance of this case you knew or reasonably ought to know to be false.”
Tope Peter Obi pleaded guilty to the charge.
The prosecuting counsel, G.C. Akaogu, told the court that intelligence reports had linked the defendant to the crime, upon which he was arrested and subjected to further investigation.
Following the guilty plea of the defendant and the evidence presented before the court, the trial Judge found him guilty as charged.
The defence counsel, Bisola Oshundunmade asked the court to temper justice with mercy.
But Justice Okunuga sentenced the defendant to one-year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira)
The court also ordered Tope to sign an undertaking with the EFCC that he will be of good behaviour and never engage in any form of economic and financial crimes both domestic and internationally.