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    Tuesday, 4 November 2014

    Fraudsters docked for duping 28 intending pilgrims in Ogun




    By Emmanuel Udom  / Senior Correspondent, Lagos


    The Ogun State Police command on Monday dragged two suspected fraudsters before a Chief Magistrate court in Ota, Ogun State for allegedly duping 28 intending pilgrims to Mecca of N2.4 million.
    Daily Independent gathered that the suspects, Wasiu Adewale (53) and Jamiu Olaleye, (35) recently organized a sponsorship seminar for the 28 intending pilgrims to the Holy land.
    According to police sources at Ota police station, the duo brainwashed the victims into believing that they know what it takes to visit the Holy land.
    Unknown to them, Adewale and Olaleye, who were determined to swindle the victims, fixed a date and venue for the purported seminar and the 28 intending pilgrims fell into the trap and were duped.
    A sum of N500, 000 was said to have been collected from each of the 28 pilgrims, which amounted to about N2.4 million.
    However, trouble came when one of the intending pilgrims, identified by the police as Dauda Jimoh smelled a foul play and subsequently reported the matter to the police.
    Police detectives were said to have ordered a female officer to trail and track down Adewale, who is alleged to be very randy.
    The planned paid off as the said Adewale was lured into a guest house in the area by the female police officer, who pretended she was interested in be-friending him.
    Adewale and Olaleye were slammed with a three-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence  by Chief Magistrate Court 11M sitting in Ota, Ogun state.
    However, it was gathered that the third accomplice is at large, but the police have vowed to arrest him.
    The three- count charge, as contained in charge sheet was that “Wasiu Adewale (m), Jamiu Olaleye (m) and one other at large, between the month of July and September, 2014, at different addresses at Sango-Ota, did conspire among yourself to commit felony to wit obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Vol. 1, Revised Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
    Count II: “That you, Wasiu Adewale (m), Jamiu Olaleye (m) and one other at large, in the afore-mentioned Magisterial District, did tricked and received the sum of N2.4 million from Mr. Dauda Jimoh (m) and 27 others under the pretence of sponsoring them to the Holy land (Mecca) and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 419 (A) of the Criminal Code, Revised Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
    Count III: “That you, Wasiu Adewale (m), Jamiu Olaleye (m) and one other at large, in the same months and place, in the afore-mentioned Magisterial District, did fraudulently received and converted to their own use the sum of N2.4 million, being property of Mr. Dauda Jimoh and 27 others and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Revised Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
    The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were each granted bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties who must be senior civil servants in the state.
    However, Chief Magistrate (Mrs.) A. O. Abimbola adjourned the case till December 3, 2014 for further hearing, while the suspects were ordered to be remanded in prison.

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