Lagos State Governor, Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Ambode

Two artisans who attempted to initiate a N50 million transfer with a cloned mobile line of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, were on Wednesday arraigned before an Isolo Magistrate Court by the Department of State Security, DSS.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Peter Okerinmodun, told Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo that the suspects were arrested after using the cloned mobile line of the governor to send a text message to the state accountant-general requesting for a transfer of N50 million on February 10.
The suspects, Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Stanley Oyewole, who conspired with others now at large, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor requested that they should be kept in protective custody pending the outcome of the legal advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, in view of the fact that their lives could be endangered by other suspects who are on the run.
But Magistrate Adedayo overruled the request, saying the DSS ought to have kept them in custody judging by the fact that their lives could be in danger.
According to her, “Since the offence for which the accused persons were charged to court is bailable and the fact that the magistrate court is a court of summary trial, I am inclined to grant bail to the accused persons.”
She granted bail to the accused in the sum of N1 million each and two sureties in like sum, ruling that one of the sureties must be a religious or community leader within the jurisdiction of the court and that they must provide five years tax clearance certificates.
The chief magistrate, however, ordered the accused to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions and adjourned the case to May 10.


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