Written by on April 12, 2022

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a fake army general, Bolarinwa Abiodun.

Abiodun was brought before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday on 13 counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery of documents and possession of documents containing false pretence to the tune of two hundred sixty-six million five hundred thousand.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the offences are contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006; Section 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015; and Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006, respectively.

He said the defendant, who posed as a general in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources that the President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and that he needed a short grant to press and process the appointment.

Abiodun who was arrested at his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.

Ameen J. Kantyok

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