22nd December, 2010
By Oluwatunmise Ige
Head of Saala Ogbonni Fraternity in Nigeria and Overseas, Oba Olamilekan Ifayemi, has been duped N650,000 while attempting to obtain a visa for his pregnantÂ wife to deliver in a hospital in the United States.
An Ogudu Magistrateâ€™s Court in Lagos has charged the suspected fraudster, Tokunbo Bewaji, 37, with felony, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
The police prosecutor, ASP Eyo Owai, docked the accused on a three-count charge of felony, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence, contrary toÂ Sections 526, 390, 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
According to the charge sheet, the suspect was arrested recently at Aminu Street, Alapere, Lagos.
Tokunbo Bewaji allegedly collected N650,000 from Oba Olamilakan Ifayemi on the pretence of obtaining a visa for his pregnant wife to deliver in the UnitedÂ States of America but he could not get the visa or refund the money.
When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty and the trial magistrate, Mrs. Y. O. Aje Afumiwa, admitted him to bail in N60,000 with two suretiesÂ who must produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.
The case has been adjourned till 2 January, 2011.