Fraudster, who impersonated Fashola in N75m fraud, dies of COVID-19

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A fraudster, Godwin Julius, who was involved in a scam that set a company based in United States back N75m has died of COVID-19 complications.

Julius was under investigation as of the time he passed on at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State over his ignoble role in the scam.

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He and one Obinale Osunwoke and others at large reportedly set themselves up as Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, to defraud Terraroad’s International Incorporation of $200,000 with forged documents in a phoney deal during the period the former Lagos governor doubled as the Power minister.

On the strength of a petition from representative of the victim, Julius and Osunwoke were picked up, detained and were facing investigation when they both fell sick.

“The challenge the police are facing currently is that prisons are not admitting new inmates because of COVID-19; so, once we have a case now, we have the burden of providing detention facility for anybody we take to court.

“That was why the two suspects were brought back to us, and while in remand, Godwin developed symptoms of COVID-19 and we took him to hospitals but he was rejected. We later took him to the Police Hospital in Falomo, where the doctor referred him to the isolation centre in Yaba for a test and he eventually died while on admission,” Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, reportedly told Punchng.com while confirming the suspect’s demise.

 

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