The Lagos state government yesterday has arraigned two young men, by name Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole, before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere for trying to scam the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to the tune of N50 million.
The alleged fraudsters are being prosecuted on a three-count charge of possession of fraudulent document, impersonation and attempt to commit the felony.
At the beginning of trial, the State Accountant General, Abimbola Shukurat Umar has told the court how on February 10th 2016 she received a text message purportedly from the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, directing her to transfer the sum of N50 million to a designated Keystone Bank account.
Umar told the court that she found the message suspicious and highly irregular of the official accounting protocol. This prompted her to bring the message to the attention of the governor, who, after distancing himself from the message, ordered the immediate investigation of the matter.
The investigation was led by the Department of State Security Service, DSS, led to the eventual arrest of the defendants.
The State Director of the DSS, Lagos State Command, Wale Odu, also gave his evidence during the trial.
In his statement, Mr Odu confirmed that investigation leading to the arrest of the defendants was carried out by his team. According to him, the investigation disclosed that the 2nd defendant is one of the directors and shareholders of the Clayder Limited to whose Keystone Bank account; the N50 million fraud money would have been paid.
The matter was later adjourned to Wednesday, 14 February 2018 for continuation of the trial, while the defendants were remanded at the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.