Court Remands Two Men For Cloning Governor Ambode’s Phone Number

by on April 21, 2016
An Isolo Magistrate Court in Lagos yesterday remanded two suspected fraudster arrested by Department of State Service (DSS) at the kirikiri prison for allegedly cloning the phone number of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Abode.
The accused; Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Stan­ley Oyewole are stand­ing trial for a two-count charge bordering on fraud.
The suspects were alleged to have conspired to commit felony, obtaining by false pretense on Feb­ruary 10, 2016.
Count two of the charge preferred against them reads:” That you Rilwanu Jamiu, Balogun Stan-ley Oyewole on above date 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 pre-tence and used the Glo line to send a text message for the transfer of a sum of fifty million naira and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 312 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State”.
Also docked with the defendants is one Ader­emi Bello who was charge with impersonation and fraud.
Bello’s charge reads: “That you Aderemi Mar­tins Bello of No 2 Walter Carrington Street, Victoria Island on February, 2016 at the USA Embassy within Lagos Magisterial District, impersonated as United State 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 the sum of four hun­dred and eight five naira from one Isaac Ademola Fowowe, for procure­ment of USA citizenship passport application.
All the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Peter Okerin­modun, prayed the court to remand the accused who are not represented by counsel in prison cus­tody due to sensitivity of the case.
Okerinmodun told the court that some of the accomplice of the defen­dants were still at large and releasing the accused could jeopardise the trial and the evidence.

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