Husband, Pregnant Wife Remanded Over N1m Fraud

FOR allegedly defrauding a pastor, Mr, Fakorede Emmanuel and other business men and women, an Osogbo magistrate’s court has remanded in custody, one Tajudeen Akande and his wife, Idayat.

The charge sheet read in court last Friday showed that the duo colluded and defrauded the pastor and other plaintiffs of the sum of N1,118,200, under the pretence that they (suspects) would supply bags of rice, beans and vegetable oil to the complainants.

According to the charge sheet: “The suspects between the months of August and September, 2008, in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Council Area of Osun State, collected the sum of N410,000 from one Wumi Okeola, N148,000 from Alhaja Mujidat Afolabi and the sum of N114,000 from one Asiata Babalola”.

It maintained that, the accused persons under false pretence collected the sum of N380,000 from Ayobami Otitoola, N127,600 from Pastor Emmanuel; N104, from Oladimeji Kehinde and N75,600 from Folake Mafikoya.

The charge sheet also claimed that the husband and the pregnant wife collected N104,000 from Olanike Wahab and N35,000 from Shade Oyeniyi, with an agreement that they would be supplied bags of rice, beans and turkey brand of vegetable oil.

Applying for the bail of the suspects, the defence counsel Mr, Wasiu Adebayo, said the litigation against the suspects was a business transaction which later went awry.

Adebayo added that the charge against the accused was frivolous, stressing that the suspects remained innocent until contrary is proved in a court of law.

He assured the court that reliable sureties would stand for the accused persons, pleading that they should be admitted to bail in the most liberal terms.

Assuring that the suspects would not jump bail, Adebayo prayed the court to exercise his discretion in favour of the accused persons.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant John Idoko, objected the bail application canvassed by Adebayo, saying that there was tendency that the husband and wife would jump bail.

Idoko added that a frontline traditional ruler in Osun State has waded into the matter, stressing that the monarch could not settle the matter.

The prosecutor revealed that parents to the suspects were earlier arrested and detained at the Police Head quarters, Oke-fia, Osogbo, in connection with the matter.

Idoko maintained that releasing the accused persons on bail could trigger violence between the suspects and the plaintiffs.

Ruling on the bail application, the magistrate, Mr, Adebayo Ajala, said the accused persons were liable to be attacked by other plaintiffs who did not show up in court.

In view of this, Ajala ordered that the suspects be remanded in police custody till October 11, 2008, when he would rule on the bail application.

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