A 39-year-old man identified as Tope Fagun, has been arrested by operatives of the International Criminal Police Organisation, INTERPOL, at the Nigerian Police Force, Force CID, Alagbon Close, Lagos, for allegedly posing as Major General Emmanuel Abisoye rtd., to obtain the sum of $50,000 (about N8m) from the Governor of Adamawa State, Muritala Nyako under false pretence that he was admitted in a London hospital.
His accomplice identified as Rotimi Akinade, 29 was also arrested.
After the investigation of the matter, the two suspects were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on a six-count charge of felony to wit, stealing.
The police prosecutor, DSP Raymond Odion Akhaine, told the court that the first accused, Tope Fagun, sometime in 2011 phoned the Governor of Adamawa State, Muritala Nyako, and introduced himself to him as Major General Emmanuel Abisoye rtd., that he needed his help financially to offset his hospital bill at Queen Elizabeth Hospital London, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
He stated that believing that the caller was actually Major General Emmanuel Abisoye, the Governor sent the sum of $35,000 equivalent to N5m and $15,000 equivalent to N2.7m to the fake Major General.
Police investigation reveal that nemesis however caught up with the accused when he phoned and also identified himself as Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye to a national leader of Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria to assist him with some money to offset his medical bill he incurred at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London.
The PDP stalwart was said to have phoned Major General Emmanuel Abisoye to confirm the true state of his health, and the general was said to have told the caller that he was hale and hearty and was never sick nor admitted in any hospital and as such could not have been demanding money to offset any hospital bill.
Following the development, Major General Abisoye reported the matter to the police which led to the arrest of the two accused after several months of manhunt.
During interrogation, Tope allegedly confessed to the crime that he has been defrauding prominent people in the society in the same manner along with his accomplice, Rotimi for long.
The offence, the prosecutor, said contravened section 409, 312(3), 285 and 378 of criminal laws of Lagos state, 2011.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate admitted them to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties each in the like sum with proof of tax payment to the Lagos state government, while he ordered that they be kept at Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos until they fulfill their bail condition.
The magistrate adjourned the matter till 24 July, 2013 for mention.
Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon
Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.
According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.
The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.
No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.
The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.
Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.
The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.
“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”
Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila
Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.
Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.
Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.
Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.
Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.
“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”
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