Thursday, arraigned before Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court One, sitting
in Ikeja, for allegedly impersonating the first lady of Lagos State,
Dame Abimbola Fashola.
The defendant was said to have sent text
messages between June and July to the Chairman of Agbado
prosecutor, Attorney General of Lagos State, Ade Ipaye, told the court
that the accused committed the alleged crime between the months of June
and July 2013, by also sending text messages to one Gbolahan Khadijat
Daudu, who is the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board,
Maryland in Ikeja area of Lagos.
The Attorney General, who was
represented by Sumonu Babatunde, said she also represented herself as
sister to Sherifat Aregbesola.
He said the defendant between June
and July 2013, at Local Government Education Authority, in Alimosho
Local Government also sent a text message to one Isaac Omoregie,
Education Secretary and falsely represented herself as Mrs Fashola.
Babatunde also alleged that the suspect with intent to defraud
presented herself to be Mrs Fashola, to obtain redeployment from Local
Government Education Authority, Alimosho, to the Lagos State Basic
He also claimed that between the same time, the
accused sent a text message to one Isaac Omoregie, Education Sectarary
Alimosho, Lagos State by falsely presenting herself as being sent by the
first lady to obtain three Blackberry phones and N105, 000, from the
The prosecutor said in June 2013, the defendant falsely
represented herself as sister to Mrs Sherifat Aregbeshola, the first
lady of Osun State, and gave a false information to one Mrs Gbolahan
Khadijat Daudu that Mrs Aregbeshola was involved in a road accident and
could not attend the wedding of Daudu’s son and that thieves carted the
gifts meant for her away as a result of the accident.
to the prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to sections 378
(1), (b), 312 (2) and punishable under sections 312 (3), 96 (a),
criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.
Counsel to the
defendant, Samuel Gbolahan, pleaded with the court to grant her bail in
liberal terms, since the crime is a bailable offence.
However, when the 10-count charge was read to the defendant, she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
listening to both counsel, Magistrate Fabamwo granted the defendant
bail in the sum of N1 million with two responsible sureties in like sum,
stating that the sureties should deposit N250, 000 with the registrar.
She adjourned the case till September 2, 2013 for mention.
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