By cloning the mobile line of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, two suspects said to be cocoa dealers, have been arraigned before an Isolo Magistrate’s Court for attempting to withdraw N50 million from the state government’s account.
The suspects identified as Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole used the cloned mobile line of the governor to send a text message to the Accountant General of the state requesting a transfer of N50 million. They were arrested after using the cloned mobile line, but were yet to get the N50 million.
An officer of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Peter Okerinmodun, said that the ruse was, however, detected and the two men were arrested by the DSS, adding that others, who connived with them to commit the crime, were at large.
The artisans were arraigned on Wednesday before the Court on two counts bordering on the alleged offence. They were both charged for committing an offence punishable under Section 312 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State. The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Okerinmodun, who was also the DSS prosecutor asked that they be kept in protective custody pending the outcome of the legal advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, pointing out that their lives could be endangered by other suspects who were on the run.
The Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo, ordered the accused to be remanded in the Kirikiri Medium Prison pending the perfection of their bail, and adjourned the matter till May 10, 2016.
She however, admitted them to bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties each in like sum, adding that one of the sureties must be a religious or a community leader within the jurisdiction of the court, and that the accused must provide five years’ tax certificates.
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