By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ court has sentenced one Deeper Life (Church) Pastor, Anjorin Adaniki, and another person named Mallam Maliu Aliu to one-year imprisonment each for fraud.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the accused Anjorin, 42, committed the offence between May and June, 2013 at Emure-Ekiti.
He said the accused on the said month fraudulently converted 1,800 bags of fertilizers which was meant to be distributed to Ekiti farmer in Emure local government at subsided rate of N2,750 per bag, which they sold to the farmers at the rate of N3,500 per bag which all valued at the rate of 9M.
Oriyomi explained the fertilizer was three load of trailers which was given by the government to ease procurement bottlenecks for the farmers in the said local government and help in their farming system.
The accused was, however, found to have fraudulently converted whole consignment for their own business.
According to the police prosecutor, the offence contravened Section 1(3) of the Advanced Free Fraud and other Related Offences Act LFN 2006.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Ademola Okeya, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy for his client and be lenient in the dispensation of justice.
But the presiding Magistrate, Bayode Owoeye, stated the action of the pastor was callous by converting fertilizers which were meant for the farmers to their own advantage against the order of the government price to the farmers.
He thereafter sentenced the duo of pastor and Mallam to one-year in imprisonment without an option of fine.