Alleged Fraud: Fake cleric remanded

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By Abiodun Bolujoko

The Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital on Monday remanded one Dada Suleiman Ajagbe over alleged fraud.

The Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that one Adeola Balogun of No 17 Elegboro Elliozu street, Port Harcourt, River State brought a letter of complaint to the Inspector-General of Police X-Squad office Adeta area Ilorin against one Dada Suleiman, stating that he duped him to the tune of N600,000.

The FIR further revealed that in February 2018, Ajagbe called Balogun through the mobile number 08164719193 and introduced himself as ‘Alfa Ilorin.

The Police report further stressed that the accused person disguised to be an elderly person to him on phone.

“During your conversation with him, you made mention of his name as Adeola and thereby revealed all his current life problems to him and also promised to find lasting solution to them,” the police report divulged.

In order to address the said problems, the FIR noted that the accused fraudulently collected the sum of N600.000 through his Wema Bank Account number: 0231036197.

On Monday, Ajagbe was  dragged  before  Magistrate  Abimbola Abioye  for obtaining  money  under  false  pretence, contrary  to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act Cap A6 Law of Nigeria.

In his submission, the prosecutor, Johnson Adewumi prayed the court to remand the accused person, saying if granted bail, he may commit similar offence.

Counsel to the accused person, Barr. Toyin Onaolapo prayed the court to discountenance the submission of the prosecutor.

He said the issue of bail is at the discretion of the court, adding that the court should use his discretionary power judiciously and judiciarily.

In his rulling, Abioye remanded the accussed person while the case was adjourned to 23rd January, 2019.

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