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PHOTO: 45-Year-Old Man Caught Impersonating Lagos Deputy Governor On Facebook

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A 45-year-old man identified as Adamu Aminu, has been arrested for impersonating Dr Idiat Adebule, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, on social networking site, Facebook. It was gathered that the deputy Governor last operated her Facebook account two years ago, but Aminu created a Facebook account using her full details with the purpose of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

He was on Friday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, and is facing a four-count charge of impersonation, conspiracy, false pretence and fraud.

The Prosecutor, Rafiu Aroyewun, Assistant Director, Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), State Ministry of Justice, told the court that the accused committed the offences in Agege area of Lagos sometime in August.

The Prosecutor said the accused used the account to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public before he was tracked down online by the Police.

He told the court that; “The accused fraudulently obtained the sum of N1 million from one Mr Bright Obed on the pretext of soliciting funds for an orphanage in Agege set up by the Deputy Governor.

“He also impersonated the Deputy Governor by calling and sending SMS on a mobile number 09064583091 to the public.

“Investigation is ongoing and we are on the trail of others who are still at large, ”
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 314 (1), (a), 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Aminu however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Counsel to the accused, Ms Uzoamaka Nwafor, urged the magistrate to grant him bail on liberal terms.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Oluyemisi Adelaja admitted the accused to a bail of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must produce evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case until Oct. 16 for hearing.


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