Woman Bags 180 Years Imprisonment


An Ikeja High Court, Lagos, Nigeria, has sentenced a middle-aged woman, Ritchko Taiwo Roselyna to 180 years imprisonment for obtaining N1.5 million under false pretence.

Justice Joseph Oyewole found Taiwo Roselyna, a.k.a. Rosemary Olufunke, guilty of 17 counts out of the 31-count charge brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and sentenced her to 10 years imprisonment on each of the count. The jail term is to run concurrently from November 8, 2005 when she was arrested.

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In an amended 31-count charge brought by the EFCC, the commission alleged that Ritchiko Taiwo Roselyn conspired with others to defraud by false pretence, forgery and altering documents, to obtain a total sum of N1.5 million from people under the false pretence of procuring visa and other travelling documents for them to Bangkok and Korea and for job placement in the said country.

—Michael Abimboye, Jnr.

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