COURT REMANDS FAKE “PASTOR IZE-IYAMU’ REMANDED FOR FRAUD

One Tope Jimi Fagun who allegedly impersonated Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has to dupe the sum of 70 million naira, has been docked before a Borno State High Court, presided over by Hon. Justice Aisha Kumaliya.

The Defendant was docked before the Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Borno State Zonal Command on a-two count charge of impersonation and obtaining N70 million  by false pretense.

He was alleged to have between July and August 2020, allegedly presented himself as Pastor Ize-Iyamu to the Borno State APC Chairman, Alhaji Bukar Dalori and fraudulently induced him to tender the money under the pretext that for the All Progressives Congress 2020 gubernatorial election campaign in Edo State.

Count one reads: “That you, Tope Jimi Fagun sometimes between July and August, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with intent to defraud induced the Borno State Chairman of  All Progressive Congress Party (APC), one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori to cause the gross sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70,000,000.00) only (both in Naira and Dollar currencies) to be delivered to you in cash and via Bank transfers under the false pretence that the said sum was to be utilized in promoting the APC campaign activities in the Edo State 2020 gubernatorial election which fact you knew to be false, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively.”

The second count reads: “That you, Tope Jimi Fagun sometimes between July and August, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely impersonated Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the then All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Edo State 2020 gubernatorial election and in such assumed character induced the Borno State Chairman of  All Progressive Congress Party (APC), one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori to cause the delivery unto you the gross sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70,000,000.00) only (both in Naira and Dollar currencies) with the view to enriching yourself fraudulently and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 179 of the Penal Code Law Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges and the Prosecuting counsel, Alqasim Jafa’ar prayed the court to remand the Defendant and fix date for commencement of trial.

Defence Counsel, Alli Apanisile told the court that there was a pending application for bail of his client which has been duly served on the prosecution and prayed the court to allow him move his bail application.

Hon. Justice Kumaliya declined the prayer of the defence. And remanded the Defendant in the Correctional center while the matter was adjourned to November 24, 2021 for hearing of the bail application.

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