The Department of State Service (DSS) yesterday arraigned two men before an Isolo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly cloning Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s phone number.
Rilwanu Jamiu of 10, Giwa Street, off Oka Akoko Street, Lagos and Balogun Stanley Oyewole of 65, Unity Street, Ikotun, were brought before Mrs. Adetola Adedayo on a two-count charge of fraud preferred against them by the government.
The suspects and others at large were alleged to have conspired to commit felony, to wit: obtaining by false pretence, on February 10, at about 10:02am, within Lagos Magisterial District.
Count two of the charge reads: “That you Rilwanu Jamiu, Balogun Stanley Oyewole of the above addresses and others at large, on the above date, time and place fraudulently cloned the Glo line number of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with intent to induce him by false pretence and used the Glo line to send a text message for the transfer of a sum of N50million and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 312 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State”.
Also docked with the defendants was one Aderemi Bello, who was charged with impersonation and fraud.
Bello’s charge reads: “That you Aderemi Martins Bello of No. 2 Walter Carrington Street, Victoria Island, in February 2016 at the USA Embassy, within the Lagos Magisterial District, impersonated as a United States of America citizen and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 378 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State”.
Bello was alleged to have fraudulently collected N485,000 from Isaac Ademola Fowowe, for procurement of USA citizenship passport application.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
The defendants had no lawyers. The prosecutor, Peter Okerinmodun, prayed the court to remand them in prison custody because of sensitivity of the case.
Okerinmodun alleged that the defendants’ accomplices were still at large, adding that it could jeopardise their trial and the evidence.
He argued that remanding the defendants in custody would shield them from threats by their accomplices and also ensure their protection.
Adedayo rejected his request because it was an oral application.
She granted them N1million bail with two sureties each in the like sum.
One of the sureties must be a community or religious leader within the court’s jurisdiction. They must also have five years’ tax clearance.
The Magistrate ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kirikiri Prison pending the perfection of their bail. She adjourned till May 10.
Source: The Nation