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EFCC arraigns alleged fake general for false representation

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
12 April 2022   |   4:05 am
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned an alleged fake Army General, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos Special Offences Court Ikeja.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned an alleged fake Army General, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Lagos Special Offences Court Ikeja.

Abiodun was arraigned on a 13-count charge, bordering on forgery, falsely represented himself as a General in the Nigerian Army, and obtained the sum of N266,500,000 from Kodef Clearing Resources Limited.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendant carried out the acts under the pretence that the sum represented part of the amount expended to “press and process” his appointment by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, as the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army.

EFCC alleged that his offence contravened section 363 and punishable under section 365 (1)(4)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The offence also contravened Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006 punishment under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Part of the charge reads: “ That you, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun between August 7, 2017 and December 12, 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud and whilst holding yourself out as a General in the Nigerian Army obtained the sum of N 23,300,000 from Kodef Clearing Resources Limited, under the pretence that the sum represented part of the amount expended to “press and process” your incoming appointment by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, as the Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, which pretence you knew to be false.”

“That you, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, sometime in April, 2018, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court had in your possession a document containing false pretense titled: ‘Letter of Recommendation’, purportedly signed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo recommending one Adebayo Rasaq Adebola with recruitment No 77RRI/OG/S56/0032555 and Adeogun Emmanuel Adesola with recruitment No: 77RRI/OG/352/0123751 for employment into the Nigeria Army, which document, you knew to be false.”

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Following his plea of not guilty, the EFCC Counsel, Abbas Omeiza Muhammed, prayed the court to remand the defendant.

In his submission, the defence counsel, Mr. Kayode Lawal, told the court that he has filed an application for his bail.The EFCC counsel, who confirmed being served with the bail application, pleaded for more time to file a reply.

Lawal, however, informed the court that the defendant has been in the commission’s detention since January 12, 2022 and was brought from there. He said: “We have made several attempts to make the defendant get administrative bail.

“We have also been told by the commission to bring a surety, we have complied with their terms but to no avail. We will be praying the court for a short possible date because this is the only option for the defendant to salvage his fundamental and constitutional right.”

After listening to their submissions, Justice Taiwo ordered that the defendant be remanded in Nigerian Correctional Services and adjourned further hearing till April 14, 2022.