Couple who duped vice president aspirant after posing as Tinubu, daughter, remanded
An Igbosere Magistrate’s Court sitting in Lagos has remanded a couple in prison custody over alleged impersonation of the National leader of All Progressive Congress ( APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and his daughter, Folashade Ojo.
According to the prosecutor, DSP Charles Odii, the defendants allegedly defrauded two people to the tune of N85m under false pretence of making them commissioner in Lagos State and Vice President of Nigeria respectively.
The couple, Fausat Junaid and Abioye Junai( pictured above and right) were remanded to prison by the Court till August 26.
The defendants who impersonated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja general of Nigeria, are facing eight count charges, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining, stealing and impersonation preferred against them by the police.
The prosecutor DSP Charles Odii, told the court that the couple and others who are still at large conspired to commit the alleged offences sometime in October 2014.
He said that the incident took place at the residence of the couple at 7 Ayeola Street Oke Balogun in Epe area of Lagos state.
Odii said that the couple who are security with Eco Electricity Company at Songotedo Epe, and a civil servant with the Epe local government respectively, obtained the sum of N15million from one Ambali Abiodun, with the pretence that they were going to make him a commissioner in the Lagos State Government.
He also alleged that the duo between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 at the above address, did obtain the sum of N70million, from one Otuniyi Adeniyi with the pretence that they were going to make him the Vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a representation they knew was false.
The Prosecutor further stated that the defendants stole the money from their victims after falsely presenting themselves as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and as Chief Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
According to the prosecutor, the offences committed is punishable under sections 409, 312 (2), 285 (5) (a) and 378 of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.
Earlier when the charge was read to the defendants, they both pleaded not guilty to the crime.
The lawyer to the defendants Emmanuel Bayen urged the court to grant them bail in the most liberal term.
However Magistrate Sholadoye granted them N2million bail each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.
She said that one of the sureties must be a level 16 or above, and a Lagos State civil servant. And the other a landed property owner who’s certificate of property would be verified at the Lagos State land registry.
The magistrate ordered that the defendants should be remanded in prison pending when they are able to perfect their bail conditions.
Consequently, she adjourned the case to August 26, for mention.
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