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Ondo man impersonates DSS to defraud people, arraigned

By JATS Reporter

A 48 -year -old man, Bolaji Faloye Adeniyi, has been dragged before an Akure Chief Magistrate court sitting at Oke-eda, for allegedly impersonating the Department of State Security Service, DSS, with intent to defraud by false pretence as a visa procurement officer.

According to the prosecution, the accused person committed the offence between the period of 2011 and October, 2019 at various times at Ode community Akure in the Akure Magisterial District.

Adeniyi was also alleged to have falsely obtained the sum of Two million three hundred and sixty thousand Naira(N2, 360,000) from Okuepusu Uchenna (m), Elijah Moses (m) and Oluremi Bamidele (f), with a pretence to procure Canada, USA and Egypt Visas for them, instead, he converted the same amount of money to his own use.

The alleged offence was said to be contrary to Section 383, and punishable under Sections 484, 419 and 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The prosecutor, Inspector Sulaiman Abdullateef, prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him gather his witnesses before the court the next date.

Lawyer representing the accused person, Mr. Adelanke Akinrata, did not oppose the adjournment date sought by the prosecutor but prayed the court to admit the accused to bail in most liberal term, adding that the surety would provide a credible and substantial surety.

In her ruling, Magistrate Victoria Bob-manuel, aligned with the defendant lawyer’s prayer, saying the offence is bailable, and therefore, granted him bail in the sum of N2. 5 million, with credible surety in like sum, who must be residents within the State.

She added that the surety must presents evidence of tax clearance for this current year, 2 passport photograph, while the house of both the defendant and the surety shall be verified by the court police.

The case was adjourned till January 29, 2020, for hearing.