A prosecution explore, on Tuesday, instructed the Particular Offences Court docket in Ikeka, Lagos, how a suspected pretend military long-established, Bolarinwa Abiodun, allegedly defrauded him of about N266 million by posing as a son of worn President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The explore, Bamidele Safiriyu, who is additionally the complainant in the case, used to be testifying because the principle prosecution explore in the trial of Mr Abiodun, who faces 13 counts of fraud, forgery and various payments.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Economic and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed the payments in opposition to defendant and arraigned him on April 12, this 300 and sixty five days. Mr Abidoun pleaded not guilty to the total payments.
The trial deem, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, had ordered the remand of the defendant after his arraignment. On Monday, the court rejected his bail utility on the grounds that he used to be a flight-difficulty.
EFCC opened its case on Tuesday, with the principle prosecution explore, Mr Safiriyu, taking the court through how the defendant allegedly defrauded him the utilization of Mr Obasanjo’s title.
The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, gave the chronicle of the court cases in a press commentary on Tuesday.
‘The intention in which it started’
In step with the EFCC’s commentary, Mr Sarafiyu opened his testimony telling the court how he and the one who claimed to be the worn president’s son crossed paths in April 2017.
Led in evidence by EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the explore, who described himself as a businessman dealing in clearing and forwarding, mentioned it started on a Friday, sometime in April 2017, when in actual fact one of his loaded trucks heading to a customer’s frosty room hit the defendant’s Honda Accord.
He mentioned: “He detained the truck, in consequence of he used to be in a convoy of troopers.
“On Saturday the next day, I got a call from my client that some troopers had hijacked the container.
“I became vexed in consequence of it has never took build before, and that Saturday, I was to dash out, and so I was correct praying in consequence of I didn’t know what to execute.”
Mr Safiriyu mentioned Mr Abiodun known as the next day introducing himself and prefixing his title by militia title, Frequent.
He additionally mentioned the defendant claimed to be a son of worn President Obasanjo. Mr Obasanjo, a worn militia head of voice in the lat 70s, additionally served as elected Nigerian president between 1999 and 2007.
“Later in the day, I acquired a call from this young man, and he presented himself as Frequent Abiodun Bolarinwa, a Frequent in the Nigerian Navy and a son to Baba Olusegun Obasanjo, worn President,” the explore mentioned.
He added: “He instructed me in that dialog that my truck used to be with him, that the truck bashed his car, and his boys brought it to the build he stays at Abule-Egba.
“Later my group additionally met with him and they got the voice resolved after spending about N200,000.”
The explore mentioned, after the incident, the defendant, persevered talking with him.
He mentioned on one occasion, the defendant came to his office in a convoy of militia personnel with a banner of worn President Obasanjo adorning in actual fact one of the indispensable vehicles.
He mentioned: “He came with a convoy and they had been shooting in the air and all around the build used to be scattered.
“Later he sent me a message that he’ll be made the militia assistant to the president at Aso Rock.
“He sent me the letter and he mentioned he would want some assistance, claiming that in the Navy you might even be going to provide every thing you wish.
“Later he mentioned he used to be vying for the Chief of Navy Workers, COAS, that he has been nominated by the President and that he desires money to press and route of the appointment.”
In his solitary moments, the explore mentioned he puzzled why the defendant couldn’t come by Mr Obasanjo to relieve him assemble a push to be made the Chief of Navy Workers.
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“So I asked him, you mentioned you’re Baba’s son, why can’t he lift care of this.
“He replied and mentioned you take into account the actual fact that Baba doesn’t need to execute that, in consequence of of the polygamous home and so he doesn’t bear to be seen because the one financing him.”
“In 2013, a message came into my phone announcing ‘I, President Obasanjo’. Then a rapid while later, he known as me and mentioned ‘Baba has been making an try to set you’, nonetheless that I was not picking his call.
“I checked my phone, I seen simplest a text, no uncared for call, and I instructed him; he mentioned that Obasanjo has been making an try to set me to thank me for all I had been doing for him.
“Then later a quantity known as me and it showed the title ‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR’ As the caller, and I picked up the choice, it used to be exactly Baba’s verbalize and he mentioned to me to relieve my brother financially to change into COAS that he’ll repay me.
“So I mentioned, ample, sir; and that used to be how at change instances he kept requesting for money.
“He mentioned he wanted money to dash to circulation and meet Emirs to assemble his intention identified, that he has been nominated to change into the next COAS.
“Any time he desires money, he’ll employ the amount, once in a whereas he asks for N5 million, 6million.
“I did not know that he used to be not even in the Navy and never even passed through the Navy, this I got to know fundamental later.”
Obasanjo’s birthday, and revelation
He instructed the court that the defendant posing as Mr Obasanjo’s son even invited him to the ex-president’s birthday in 2020.
In step with the explore, he used to be in a space to later come by an target market with Mr Obasanjo who denied any relationship with the defendant.
He mentioned he petitioned the EFCC, when he realised belatedly that he had been duped of virtually N300 million.
Testifying on Tuesday, Mr Safiriyu detailed change money transfers he sent to the defendant, in addition to loads of correspondences they both exchanged.
Therefore, the prosecution tendered the mobile phone of the explore in evidence, and it used to be admitted as Display B.
The prosecution thereafter tendered in evidence the petition alongside with attachments, including letters, affirmation letters and a series of photos sent to him by the defendant to deceive and defraud him.
The bundle of paperwork used to be admitted in evidence as Display A.
The explore instructed the deem that he owned two corporations – Kodef Clearing Sources Restricted, incorporated in April 2008 and De-Rock Maritime Resource registered in July 2013 – for his clearing and forwarding industry,
The deem adjourned the trial till April 29 for execrable-examination of the explore.
EFCC charged Mr Abiodun with acquiring money by false pretence, forgery of paperwork and possession of paperwork containing false pretence, amongst various payments.
The commission mentioned the alleged fraud, sharp about N266,500,000, used to be reported by a agency, Kodef Clearing Sources.
It mentioned the defendant made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Sources, that President Muhammadu Buhari had rapid-listed him and one various to be appointed because the Chief of Navy Workers, COAS.
He had allegedly instructed the complainant that he wanted a rapid grant to “press and route of the appointment.”
Mr Abiodun, who used to be arrested at his home in the Alagbado home of Lagos Train on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, additionally allegedly solid a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the president and showed the reminiscent of the victim to extra imprint his suppose.
Within the mentioned letter, he claimed that he desired to pay a obvious amount of cash into the coffers of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, as piece of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.
Mr Abiodun is additionally presupposed to bear, in Would possibly perchance 2020, solid a Nigeria Navy Identity Card with serial quantity 387140, claiming the reminiscent of had been issued to him from the Nigerian Navy.
He additionally allegedly solid a ‘Letter of Recommendation’ purportedly signed by worn President Olusegun Obasanjo recommending one Adebayo Rasaq Adebola, with recruitment No 77RRI/OG/556/0032555 and Adeogun Emmanuel Adesola with recruitment No 77RRI/OG/352/0123751 for employment into the Nigeria Navy.
The alleged offences are mentioned to be contrary to piece 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and various Connected Offences Act 2006; piece 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos Train 2015 and Share 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and various Connected Offences Act No 14 of 2006, respectively.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the total payments.
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