Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A suspected fraudster, David Olasunkanmi Olamilekan, was today arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding 14 United State of America’s Visa seekers to the tune of N3.516 million.
The defendant was arraigned before Magistrate O. O. Oshin (Mrs) on 28 counts charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and stealing by men of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (ForceCIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
Arraigning the defendant today, the police lawyer, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, of General Investigation of Force CIID, told the court that defendant committed the alleged offences between 2017 and April 2018, at 129, Block F, Atinuke Shopping Complex of Rain Oil Filling Station,
Among those allegedly defrauded by the defendant are Abdul Rauf Adelekan, Ademilola Ayomide, Mohammed Kazan em, Nonso Esemua, Victor Dauda Ofeoluwa, Obadina Taoheed, Iwajomo Kikelomo, Oluwafumilayo ‘Bukonla, Chukwu Ekwu, Ogunleye Abiodun, Adams Haruna, Ofulue Victoria Olushi, Oluwole Mary and Ossai Ifeoma.
He told the court that the offence committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under section 411, 341 and 285 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following the defendant’s plea, his lawyer, Prince A. Adebayo, orally urged the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms.
He told the court that his client is a first time offender and have credible sureties to stand for him.
Responding, Barrister Animashaun, told the court that granting bail to defendant is at the court’s discretion. Adding that the bail term to be granted to the defendant should be of such that the will ensure his attendance in court of the defendant till the matter is decided.
Upon hearing the submissions of both parties, Magistrate Oshin, admitted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties according to the magistrate must be gainfully employed and with means of livelihood and three years tax paid to the Lagos State government.
The magistrate ordered that all bail terms are to be verified by the prosecution. She also ordered that the defendant should be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail terms