The Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos has ordered that a fake Army General Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun be remanded in prison custody.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo gave the order this Monday after the arraignment and plea of the defendant.
The defendant was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 13-count charge, alledging that the defendant falsely represented himself as a General in the Nigerian Army, and obtained the sum of N 266,500,000 from Kodef Clearing Resources Limited.
The defendant was said to have allegedly 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.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
Count one of the charge reads,”Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun between 17th August, 2017 and 12th December, 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.”
Part of the count also reads, “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 recommended 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.”
Upon his not guilty plea, the EFCC Counsel, Abbas Omeiza Muhammed urged the court to remand the defendant pending the time the prosecution will open its case
However,counsel to the defendant, Kayode Lawal argued otherwise at the proceeding, informing the court of the application for bail.
However, the EFCC counsel noted that bail application was on the prosecution during the proceedings and needed time for reply.
The defence counsel Lawal, informed the court that the defendant has been in the commission’s detention since 12th January, 2022 and was brought from there.
According to him, “We have made several attempt to make the defendant get administrative bail.
“We have also been told by the Commission to bring surety which we have complied with their term 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 constituional right.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the matter till April 14, 2022 for further hearing.