Cou­ple re­manded for im­per­son­at­ing Tin­ubu, daugh­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, La­gos

ALa­gos Mag­is­trate Court sit­ting in Ig­bosere yes­ter­day or­dered the re­mand of a cou­ple who al­legedly im­per­son­ated the na­tional leader of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tin­ubu and his daugh­ter, Mrs Fo­lashade Tin­ubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja gen­eral of Nige­ria, and duped two peo­ple.

The court heard that the cou­ple, Abioye Ju­naid, 41 and Fausat Ju­naid, 39, de­frauded two peo­ple to the tune of N85 mil­lion un­der the pre­tence of mak­ing them com­mis­sioner of po­lice and vice pres­i­dent re­spec­tively.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, DSP Charles Odili, told the court that the cou­ple to­gether with others at large com­mit­ted the of­fence in Oc­to­ber 2014 at the res­i­dence of the cou­ple at 7 Aye­ola Street Oke Ba­lo­gun in Epe area of La­gos.

The pros­e­cu­tor also said that the cou­ple, one a se­cu­rity man with Eco Elec­tric­ity Com­pany at Son­gotedo Epe and the other a civil ser­vant with the Epe lo­cal gov­ern­ment area re­spec­tively, ob­tained the sum of N15 mil­lion from one Am­bali Abio­dun, with the pre­tence that they were go­ing to make him a com­mis­sioner in La­gos.

He also al­leged that the duo be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2015 and De­cem­ber 31, 2015 ob­tained the sum of N70 mil­lion from one Otu­niyi Adeniyi with the pre­tence that they were go­ing to make him the vice pres­i­dent of Nige­ria.

The po­lice fur­ther stated that the de­fen­dants stole the money from their vic­tims af­ter falsely rep­re­sent­ing them­selves as Tin­ubu and his daugh­ter re­spec­tively.

The cou­ple who were ar­raigned be­fore Mag­is­trate Mrs. A. O. Sho­ladoye pleaded not guilty to the of­fence, and their lawyer Em­manuel Bayen urged the court to grant them bail in the most lib­eral term.

Mag­is­trate Sho­ladoye granted them bail and ad­journed the mat­ter to Au­gust 26 for men­tion.

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