Thirty-five-year-old man, Abdulrahman Muazu, has been remanded at Ado-Ekiti Prisons for allegedly defrauding eminent lawyer Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) of N2.5 million.
The man, simply identified as Muazu, earlier impersonated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah.
Posing as Kukah, he telephoned Babalola, requesting N2.5 million as part of funds for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast.
Muazu was arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court with others at large on a two-count charge of felony and fraud.
The accused was charged with obtaining money under false pretence, with intent to defraud and present himself as Bishop Kukah by which he obtained N2.5 million from Babalola.
The offence is punishable under sections 1 (3) and 11 of Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences.
Counsel to the accused Busuyi Ayorinde urged the court to admit his client to bail.
The Magistrate, Doyin Akosile, admitted the accused to bail on N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, the magistrate said, must be a reputable clergyman and a civil servant in Ekiti State.
Akosile adjourned to October 28 for further hearing.
Unable to meet the bail conditions, the accused person was taken to prison custody.
Three persons – Tope Mohammed (37), Obinna Bassey (27), and Kingsley Igwe , have appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for assaulting law enforcement officers.
They were charged with an assault on police officers – Inspector Adefemi Oguntade and Sergeant Ebrudge Odunayo – while performing their duties.
They were also accused of assaulting Jimoh Abdulwahab, an officer of Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA).
The offence contravenes Section 356 (1) (3) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The accused were admitted to bail, pleaded on their behalf by their counsel, Ayorinde.
The Chief Magistrate, Adesoji Adegboye admitted them to bail on N100,000 each, with one surety in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till October 28 for further hearing.