How the alleged fake army general posed as Obasanjo’s son to scam me N266 million

A witness for the prosecution, on Tuesday, told the Special Crimes Court in Ikeka, Lagos, how an alleged fake army general, Bolarinwa Abiodun, allegedly swindled him out of around N266 million by posing as the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The witness, Bamidele Safiriyu, who is also the complainant in the case, testified as the first prosecution witness in the trial of Mr. Abiodun, who faces 13 counts of fraud, forgery and other charges. PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Commission of Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) filed charges against the defendant and indicted him on April 12 this year. Abidoun has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The trial judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, had ordered the defendant’s preventive detention after his arraignment. On Monday, the court rejected his request for bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk. EFCC opened its case on Tuesday, with the first witness for the prosecution, Mr. Safiriyu, explaining to the court how the defendant allegedly defrauded him using Mr. Obasanjo’s name. Commission spokesman Wilson Uwujaren outlined the proceedings in a press release on Tuesday. ‘How it started’ According to the EFCC statement, Mr. Sarafiyu opened his testimony by telling the court how he and the man claiming to be the former president’s son crossed paths in April 2017. Led into evidence by EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness, who described himself as a businessman dealing with clearing and shipping, said it started on a Friday, sometime in April 2017, when one of their loaded trucks was on its way to a customer’s cold store. he hit the defendant’s Honda Accord. He said: “He stopped the truck, because it was in a convoy of soldiers. “Saturday the next day, I received a call from my client that the container had been seized by soldiers. “I was worried because it had never happened before, and that Saturday I had to travel, so I was just praying because I didn’t know what to do.” Safiriyu said Abiodun called the next day to introduce himself and put his name before his military title, General. It also said that the defendant claimed to be the son of former President Obasanjo. Obasanjo, a former military head of state in the late 1970s, also served as Nigeria’s president-elect between 1999 and 2007. “Later that day, I received a call from this young man and he introduced himself as General Abiodun Bolarinwa, a general in the Nigerian Army and the son of Baba Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president,” the witness said. He added: “He told me in that conversation that my truck was with him, that the truck hit his car and his boys took him to where he is staying in Abule-Egba. “Later my team also met with him and they solved the problem after spending around N200,000.” subsequent movements The witness said that after the incident, the defendant continued to communicate with him. He said that on one occasion, the defendant arrived at his office in a convoy of military personnel with a banner of former President Obasanjo adorning one of the vehicles. He said: “He came with a convoy and they were shooting into the air and everywhere it was scattered. “Then he sent me a message that he is going to be the military assistant to the president at Aso Rock. “He sent me the letter and said that he would need some help, claiming that in the Army you will provide everything you need. “Later he said that he was competing for the Chief of the Army General Staff, COAS, who has been nominated by the President and that he needs money to pressure and process the appointment.” In his lonely moments, the witness said he wondered why the accused could not get Mr. Obasanjo to help him push to become Army Chief of Staff. ALSO READ: Court refers ‘fake army general’ for N266 million fraud “So I asked him, you said you are Baba’s son, why can’t he take care of this? “He replied and said you know Baba doesn’t want to do that, because of the polygamous household, so he doesn’t want to be seen as the one funding it.” “In 2013, a message arrived on my phone saying ‘I, President Obasanjo.’ Then, a few minutes later, he called me and said, ‘Baba has been trying to reach you,’ but I wasn’t answering his call. “I checked my phone, only saw a text message, no missed calls, and told him; He said that Obasanjo has been trying to reach me to thank me for everything I have been doing for him. “Then later a number called me and it showed the name ‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR’. As the caller, and I answered the call, it was exactly the voice of Baba and he told me to financially help my brother to become COAS he will pay me “So I said, okay, sir; and that was how she kept asking for money on several occasions. “He said he needed money to travel to meet with the emirs to make his intention known, that he has been nominated to become the next COAS. “Whenever he needs money, he uses the number, sometimes he asks for N5 million, 6 million. “I didn’t know that he wasn’t even in the Army and he never went through the Army, I found that out much later.” Obasanjo’s birthday and revelation. He told the court that the defendant posing as Obasanjo’s son even invited him to the former president’s birthday in 2020. According to the witness, he was later able to obtain an audience with Mr. Obasanjo, who denied any relationship with the accused. He said that he applied to the EFCC, when he belatedly realized that he had been cheated out of almost N300 million. Transfers Testifying Tuesday, Safiriyu detailed several money transfers she sent to the defendant, as well as various correspondence the two exchanged. Subsequently, the prosecution presented the witness’s mobile phone as evidence, which was admitted as exhibit B. Subsequently, the prosecution presented the petition as evidence along with annexes, including letters, confirmation letters and a series of photos sent by the defendant to deceive and defraud him. The set of documents was admitted into evidence as Exhibit A. The witness told the judge that he owned two companies, Kodef Clearing Resources Limited, incorporated in April 2008 and De-Rock Maritime Resource registered in July 2013, for his clearing and forwarding business. The judge adjourned the trial until April 29 for cross-examination of the witness. Charges The EFCC charged Mr. Abiodun with fraudulently obtaining money, 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 a company, Kodef Clearing Resources. He said the defendant made false representations to the whistleblower, Kodef Clearing Resources, that President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and another to be appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS. He had allegedly told the whistleblower that he needed a short grant to “push and process the appointment.” 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 that letter, he stated that he needed to put 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 Law of 2015 and Section 6 of Law No. 14 of 2006 on Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offenses 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; How the alleged fake army general posed as Obasanjo’s son to scam me N266 million