07-31-2017, 12:24 AM
A prosecutor, Mr. Moruf Animashaun, has told a Lagos court that 189 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards were retrieved from accused persons charged with defrauding a woman of N3.3million through a phone call.
Animashaun, from the office of the Inspector-General of Police, gave the information while objecting to a bail application of the accused persons at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
In the suit, Samson Owah, 39; Job Akakasi, 26; Benjamin Oghereworo, 42 and Profit Ejimulode, 58, are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
They pleaded not guilty and their counsel, Mr. Anayo Agbo, urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms.
“What matters in this case is for the accused to provide reliable sureties, who will ensure they appear in court whenever they are needed,” Agbo said.
Objecting to the application, Animashaun told the court that the accused were tracked before they were arrested.
“They do not have permanent abode, they move around the country and perpetrate criminal acts.
“During investigation, 189 SIM cards were retrieved from them. I want the court to refuse them bail,” he said.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Abimbola Komolafe, however, granted them bail at N500, 000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government.
Komolafe said the sureties must live within the court jurisdiction.
Animashaun had told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 4, at Ecobank PLC, Ikorodu, Lagos.
He said the accused called the complainant, Patience Denatie, posing as her brother, and told her to send money for a business they spoke about.
“A total sum of N3.3 million was paid to the accused through a bank account they provided.
“She (the complainant) had paid in the money before she realised that it was a scam. She reported the matter to the police, who investigated it and arrested the accused,” he said.
Animashaun said the offences contravened sections 287 (5), 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The case was adjourned till August 29 for mention.
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