A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to prison few weeks after he and his wife welcomed a baby.
The convict, Abada Bourdillon, was on Wednesday, June 19, sentenced to prison after being found guilty of criminal impersonation. His wife had given birth while he was in custody,
Bourdillon and his partners-in-crime were arrested on April 26, 2019 when operatives from the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, carried out a raid on their hideout at Quadri Ayodele Close, Liberty Estate, Laderin, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The agency said the raid followed an intelligence report detailing their criminal activities.
He was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, on May 14, on a two-count charge bordering on criminal impersonation and possession of fake documents with intention to defraud.
A statement by the EFCC said the convict approached it for a plea bargain despite pleadng not guilty to the initial charge. He was then re-arraigned on Wednesday on a one-count charge of criminal impersonation. He pleaded guilty to the latter charge as presented to the court by the prosecution counsel, Shamsudeen Bashir.
Bourdillon, however, found favour before the presiding judge who slammed him with three months instead of the five months proposed in the document before the court.
The scaled-down term was informed by the plea by his lawyer, Olawale Orojo, who begged the court to temper justice with mercy, arguing that his client’s wife was delivered of a baby while the husband was still in custody, under investigation.
The court also ordered that the convict restitute the sum of $1000 to one of his victims, and also forfeit his iPhone 7, HP laptop and charger to the Federal Government, being part of the benefit he derived from his fraudulent acts.