Fake Soldier sent to Prison for duping, issuing fake employment letters to job seekers
A magistrate court sitting in Osogbo has remanded a 65-year-Old fake soldier, Ajisafe Adetokunbo in the Ilesa prison.
The man was arraigned before the court on a six-count charge of fraud, impersonation and theft.
He was accused of defrauding job seekers in the state to the tune of N1,165,000 on the pretence that he would use his position in the army to secure jobs for them.
According to report, he further presented his victims with forged appointment letters of the Federal Road Safety Commission to justify the money falsely received from them.
At the court hearing, Police prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Kayode, said that: the suspect, “Adetokunbo committed the acts between October and December 2021 in Osogbo. He added that the defendant obtained the sum of N1, 135,000 from a woman identified as Omoniyi Folasade with a promise that he would secure jobs for her siblings in the FRSC, but never met the commitment.”
According to the prosecutor, the accused also obtained a sum of N30, 000 from one Adesola Michael under the pretence that he would secure a job for his wife in the Federal Road Safety Corps.
The suspect was apprehended after the applicants reported the matter at the Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo.
The prosecutor said the defendant committed offences contrary to and punishable under sections 109, 419, 390(9) and 467 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State, 2002.
The charge brought against him read thus: “Ajisafe Adetokunbo, between the months of October and December 2021 in Osogbo, Osun State, did with intent to defraud, falsely present yourself as a Colonel in the Nigerian Army to Omoniyi Folasade, Adesola Michael and others (that) you defrauded of their money, a representation you knew to be false.
“You did unlawfully obtain the sum of N1, 135, 000 from one Omoniyi Folasade under the pretence of securing jobs for her siblings in the Federal Road Safety Commission, a pretence you know to be false.“You did, at the same time and place, steal the sum of N1, 135, 000 property of one Omoniyi Folasade. You did unlawfully obtain the sum of N30, 000 from one Adesola Michael under the pretence of securing a job for his wife in the Federal Road Safety Commission, a pretence you knew to be false.
“You (Adetokunbo) did steal the sum of N30,000 property of one Adesola Michael and you also forged the Federal Road Safety Commission offer of appointment letters, dated October 24 and December 10, 2021, which you presented as genuine.”
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the allegations. His counsel, Najite Okobe, applied for his bail in liberal terms and assured the court that he would be available to stand trial.
The prosecutor opposed the oral application on the ground that the defendant would abuse bail privilege if granted.
Magistrate Adekanmi Adeyeba granted the accused person’s bail in the sum of a N1million to two sureties with conditions that, the sureties should be a civil servant not below grade level 14 and must be a close relative who must be a landowner within the court’s jurisdiction.
However, when the accused could not meet the bail conditions, he has been remanded at the Ilesa Correctional facility.
Further hearing on the matter has been fixed till April 13 for mention.