– Prominent Nigerians have on many occasions been impersonated by fraudsters
– The latest person to be impersonated is renowned politician, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
– Luck however ran out for the fraudsters as they are now in prison
A couple accused and charged to court for impersonating former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have been remanded in prison custody.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Yesterday, July 21, an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos remanded Abioye Junaid (41) and his wife, Fausat Junaid (39) for intent to commit fraud. The couple were also accused of impersonating the Iyaloja-General of Nigeria, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo and defrauding two persons of N85 million. Tinubu-Ojo is the first daughter of Asiwaju Tinubu.
The couple were arraigned before a Magistrate, Mrs. A. O. Sholadoye, on an eight-count of conspiracy, fraud, stealing and impersonation.
The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Charles Odii, told the court that the couple and others, who were still at large, conspired to commit the alleged offences sometime between October 2014 and December 2015. According to The Nation, DSO Odii said the incident took place at the couple’s residence at No. 7 Ayeola Street, Oke Balogun in Epe, Lagos state. Odii revealed that Junaid was a security agent with Eco Electricity Company at Sangotedo Epe, while his wife was a civil servant with the Epe local G=government.
“The defendant falsely presented themselves as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja-General of Nigeria,’’ Odii said. DSP Odii’s submission further revealed that the couple they obtained N15 million from one Ambali Abiodun, under the pretext of making him a commissioner in Lagos state, while they also obtained N70 million from one Otuniyi Adeniyi, under the pretext of making him the Vice President of Nigeria.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened sections 285 (5), 312 (2), 378 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The couple however denied the charge and their counsel, Mr Emmanuel Bayen, urged the court to admit them to bail on liberal terms. The court granted them N2 million bail each with two sureties each in the like sum, but they were remanded in prison until they meet the bail conditions and the case adjourned till Friday, August 26 for mention.