A Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State has convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, Osayemi Dumi. Dumi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 4-count charge bordering on money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N26, 200 ,0000 (twenty six million, two hundred thousand naira). Upon his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to the 4-count charge, but later changed his plea to guilty. His latest plea changed the course of the trial.
Justice E. A. Obile convicted Dumi and sentenced him to two years imprisonment on the 4-count charge, with an option of N200,000.00 (two hundred thousand naira) fine. He ordered the evidence of the two vehicles confiscated from him upon his arrest to be filed in the registry of the court.
Meanwhile, Dumi's co- accused person, Rose Bawa and her company (Ladocas Integrated Services Limited), who were originally arraigned together, on the same 4-count charge of money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N26, 200,000.00( Twenty- Six Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira only), stuck to her "not guilty" plea.
Dumi's ordeal started when he was arrested on March 6, 2015 by operatives of the EFCC, at Neduragbo Close, Ife Ugbeji Road, Warri, Delta State following a tip-off about his suspicious flamboyant lifestyle.
At the time of his arrest, the following items were recovered from him: a 2011 C350 Mercedes Benz car and a Toyota Venza. Dumi who claimed to be a ‘Yahoo Boy’, confessed to have duped one Stephanie, an American lady, the sum of $75,000, with which he acquired some of the seized properties.
His co-accused person, Bawa, whose trial continues, was alleged to have benefited from the proceeds of his heist.