Badagry Prince sentenced to three years’ imprisonment



Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a Badagry Prince, Semasa James to three years’ imprisonment for uttering documents to administer the estate of his father, late Oba Afolabi James of Kweme land, Badagry.

The court however gave the prince an option of fine in the sum of N450,000.

Semasa was charged alongside his personal assistant, Afolabi Kazeem before Justice Taiwo.

He is accused of defrauding his 26 siblings of N500million inheritance while administering the estate of the deceased king.

Prince Semasa faced a seven-count charge of forgery, uttering of false document and fraudulent disposal of trust property proffered against him by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police Force.

Kazeem, his personal assistant faced a charge of receiving stolen property.

Justice Taiwo in her judgment found Semasa not guilty of the charges of forgery and fraudulent disposal of trust property noting that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The trial judge however found the first defendant guilty of three-counts of uttering of a false documents.

She convicted and sentenced him to one year in prison on each count which is to run concurrently or an option of N450,000 fine.

The court however absolved the prince of the offence bordering on fraudulent disposal of trust property.

The court also declared the second defendant, Kazeem, not guilty of receiving stolen property.

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