The hope of an Osogbo businessman, Chief Joseph Kayode to travel out of Nigeria has been dashed by two suspected fake immigration officers, who purportedly defrauded him of the sum of one million Naira.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the fake immigration officers, having known the intention of Kayode to travel to Jamaica, persuaded him to allow them handle the processing of his visa and other documents.
Kayode, after an iron cast of fake evidences from the accused persons, succumbed to their antics and started giving them money which amounted to one million naira.
But luck ran out for the suspects when they were arrested by the police, after some days based on complaints by Kayode, to the police.
Eventually, the accused persons were arraigned at an Osogbo magistrate’s court on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
According to the charge sheet, “the accused persons perpetrated the purported crime in July, 2008, at Odi-Olowo.
However, when the charge was read to them, they pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge and prayed the court to admit them to bail.
Counsel to the suspects, Mr, Wasiu Adebayo, who maintained the innocence of the accused persons on the allegation, said reliable sureties would stand for them.
Adebayo added that the suspects were ready to stand their trial and would not jump bail if granted, as he further prayed the court to be liberal on the bail terms.
Police prosecutor, Corporal Emmanuel Abdullahi, said bail was at the discretion of the court, maintaining that the presiding judge should exercise his discretion judicially and judiciously.
Ruling on the bail application, the presiding magistrate, Mr Adebayo Ajala, granted bail to the suspects in the sum of N500,000 and one surety each.
He then adjourned the case to October 10, 2008, for hearing.
– By ISMAIL USMAN