Absence of defense attorney paralyzes trial of alleged false Army general

The absence of the defense attorney on Friday stalled the trial of a suspected self-proclaimed army general, Bolarinwa Abiodun, on fraud charges. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Mr. Abiodun of fraudulently obtaining 266.5 million naira from the man who reported the matter to the commission. The defendant faces 12 charges of fraud, forgery, among others, at the Lagos State Special Crimes Court in Ikeja, The alleged victim of the fraud, Bamidele Safiriyu, had testified in the previous session as the first witness for the prosecution and told the court how Mr. Abiodun allegedly swindled him by posing as the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The trial judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, adjourned the matter until Friday for cross-examination of the witness by the defense team. Failed cross-examination But the defense attorney was absent from court on Friday, making the scheduled cross-examination of the prosecution witness impossible, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement. “He called my brother who is not feeling well,” the defendant said when asked about his attorney. The prosecuting attorney, Rotimi Oyedepo, expressed his disappointment at the absence of the defense attorney. He was also unhappy that the defense attorney allegedly did not make a phone call to give prior notice of his absence prior to the proceeding. “When I found out he wasn’t in court, I contacted him and he seemed very upbeat,” Mr. Oyedepo. He added that the lawyer gave the impression that he had sent his subordinate to represent him in the process. Mr. Oyedepo, who told the court that there were two prosecution witnesses in court to testify, further said: “My lord, we have promised not to delay this matter and we keep our word.” ALSO READ: How alleged fake army general posed as Obasanjo’s son to scam me N266 million – Witness Also expressing dismay at the defense attorney’s attitude, the judge said: “The court is not a market where you can do it anyway.” Ms. Taiwo adjourned the trial until May 4-6. Charges PREMIUM TIMES reported that the EFCC indicted the defendant on 12 counts on April 12 this year. EFCC charged him with obtaining money fraudulently, falsifying documents and possessing documents containing false information, among other charges. The commission said the alleged fraud, involving around N266,500,000, was reported by Safiriyu and his firm, Kodef Clearing Resources. He said that the defendant made false representations to the complainants that President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and another to be appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS. It also said the defendant allegedly told the whistleblower that he needed a grant to “push and process the citation.” Mr. Abiodun, who was arrested at his home in the Alagbado area of ​​Lagos state on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, also allegedly forged a COAS appointment letter allegedly signed by the president and showed it to the victim to further test your claim. . In said letter, he is said to have stated that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for appointment as COAS. It is also alleged that Mr. Abiodun, in May 2020, forged a Nigerian Army Identity Card with serial number 387140, claiming that he had been issued the same by the Nigerian Army. He also allegedly forged a ‘Letter of Recommendation’ purportedly signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo recommending Adebayo Rasaq Adebola, with recruitment number 77RRI/OG/556/0032555, and Adeogun Emmanuel Adesola with recruitment number 77RRI/ OG/352/0123751 to work in the Nigerian Army. The alleged offenses are said to be contrary to section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offenses Act 2006; section 363 of the Lagos State Criminal Act of 2015 and Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offenses Act No. 14 of 2006, respectively. The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Absence of defense attorney paralyzes trial of alleged false Army general