One Adeniyi Adewunmi who is an herbalist, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly swindling an ailing businessman out of N 190m .
The 43 -year – old reportedly collected the sum from the complainant , one Lawrence Akanbi , in tranches on the pretext that he would help him find cure to his illness .
PUNCH Metro learnt that Adewunmi and Akanbi struck a relationship sometime in February 2016 when the businessman consulted him in the Ajao Estate area of the state , seeking medicines for diabetes , asthma and deliverance from a spiritual attack .
The police alleged that Akanbi paid part of the sum to the herbalist in cash and made several deposits into his bank account.
The suspect was said to have come up with different gimmicks to sustain the alleged fraud each time the victim was suspicious .
It , however, dawned on him that he had been hoodwinked when his illness persisted .
The businessman had invited the herbalist to his house on Ajao Estate early January 2018 to collect another sum of money when he was arrested.
“The complainant is a businessman . He met the herbalist on the road sometime in February 2016 . The herbalist started collecting money from him and gave him medicines . Having paid N 190 m to the herbalist, he discovered that he was a fraudster . He paid in tranches of N 5 m , N 10 m , N 20m , N 50 m and even paid part of the sum into the suspect’s account .
“The suspect had come to the complainant ’s house on Ajao Estate to collect more money from him when he was arrested by the police from the Area D Command, Mushin , ” a police source said .
The source explained that the case was later transferred to the Force Intelligence Bureau , Obalende , for further investigation .
The suspect was arraigned on Monday at the Igbosere Magistrate ’ s Court on four counts of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing .
The police prosecutor , Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court that the alleged offence contravened sections 287, 314( a ) , 314( 2 ) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria , 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Adeniyi Adewunmi, sometime in February 2016, on Ajao Estate , Oshodi , Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District , did commit felony , to wit : obtaining money under false pretences .
“That you, on the same date , time and place , in the aforementioned magisterial district, did obtain the sum of N 190 m from one Lawrence Akanbi , on the pretext that you will use it to cure him of his diabetes , asthma and spiritual attack , a representation you knew to be false.
“That you, on the same date , time and place , in the aforementioned magisterial district , did steal the sum of N 190 m from one Lawrence Akanbi , on the pretext that you will use it to cure him of diabetes and asthma and deliver him from a spiritual attack , but you converted the money to your own use , thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria , 2015.”
The defendant , however, pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial .
The presiding Chief Magistrate , A .F. O . Botoku, admitted him to bail in the sum of N 20m with two sureties each in like sum , adding that one of the sureties should be a level 15 officer in the state civil service .
The case was adjourned till February 12 , 2018 , while the defendant was remanded in prison pending when his bail conditions would be perfected.
JUST IN: Yoruba Nation Protesters Storm Osogbo [VIDEO]
Scores of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United have stormed the streets of Osogbo capital of Osun State to agitate for the Yoruba nation.
The protesters converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest.
They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya, and Odi Olowo areas.
The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs, and distributing handbills to people along the streets.
They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.
The Nation had reported there was heavy security presence in major junctions of Osogbo as men of DSS, Police, JTF, Amotekun and other local operatives were on the ground.
Credit: The Nation
Femi Adesina: Like Manchester City, Nigeria Will Overcome Security Challenges
Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, says despite the current challenges, peace and security will be restored under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Adesina compared the present situation of Nigeria to the buildup to Manchester City winning the 2020/21 English Premier League (EPL).
In an article published on Thursday, and titled “Lessons for Nigeria from EPL”, the presidential spokesman said some people, who know what Buhari can achieve, have been working to sabotage the current administration’s efforts.
According to him, just like other English clubs challenged Man City at the beginning of the 2019/20 EPL season because of the team’s overwhelming success in the previous season, many critics of Buhari are focused on setting themselves against the government.
“Recall what happened in the 2019/2020 season. Man City was eyeing a treble. Three back-to-back seasons as champions, and a record in English football. But the adversaries knew the record that was to be set, so they arrayed themselves against the team. Just as some forces knew the record that was to be achieved by Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, and which he had begun to show since 2015 when he got into office, and they positioned themselves against the government,” Adesina wrote.
“Every team, big or small, strong or weak, set its sights on Man City last season, flexed muscles, summoned superhuman skills and strength whenever they were meeting the champions attempting a treble.
“The lesson? When you are high-flying, the centrifugal forces will come against you, and it would only take the grace of God for you to attain.
“Yoruba people call those forces Aiye. When Aiye is on your case, as it was against Man City, and it is against the Buhari government, you need God, and God alone. Aiye (meaning ‘the world,’ if freely translated) is the negative part of mankind. The pernicious, baleful, sly, and scheming part of humanity. If Aiye gets on your matter, you need God and God alone.”
Adesina linked the security situation of the country with the stumble that Manchester City had at the beginning of the season, adding that like Man City, “under President Buhari, peace and security would be restored”.
“Aiye was in full force against it. And the 2020/2021 season was initially not looking promising either. Eight weeks gone, the team was placed 13th on the table. It had lost 2-5 to Leicester City at home in Etihad Stadium, Tottenham drubbed it by two goals, played a draw with teams that couldn’t hold a candle to it in the past, and was generally forlorn and limp. Aiye was having a ball, laughing Man City to scorn. Aren’t they doing the same thing against the government in our country today, due to unrelenting security challenges, some of them possibly instigated by Aiye themselves?” he wrote.
“Victory came after victory, to the extent that the team was unbeaten in 21 consecutive games in the different competitions it was involved in. From the ashes, the Salamander had risen. Fire could not consume it, and today, Man City are champions, the fifth time in 10 years.
“Who says Nigeria will not rise from its current travails? Who says Aiye will always win? Not where God is involved. And God is involved with Nigeria, our own dear native land. Under President Buhari, peace and security would be restored. The economy would rebound. Life would be abundant for the people, and Aiye would be left standing small, holding the rump of the flag of a country it thought had gone into oblivion.”
Buhari Says Insecurity In North-West Surprising, Disappointing; Asks Nigerian Elites To Show More Understanding
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the elite and Nigerians to be “more understanding” of the military as the country grapples with a high level of insecurity.
Buhari said the spate of attacks and kidnappings in the north-west is a “big surprise and disappointment”.
He said the military is making efforts to tackle the situation but that it takes a “very long process” to achieve the desired results.
In a statement released on Thursday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari said his administration is doing its best with available resources.
“The elite should make the attempt to understand the military. If we order for weapons and armored vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturers. It takes time to ship them and when brought here eventually, they are taken to training institutions, train the trainers before sending them to the field. This is a very long process,” the statement reads in part.
“I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at the time and available resources.
“For example, when we came in, in the Northeast, ask people in Adamawa and Borno States and the South-South in terms of security. Without security, you can’t do anything. Our big surprise and disappointment are what is happening in the Northwest and we are dealing with it.”
In recent weeks, the president’s handling of the security crisis has been criticized by some prominent Nigerians, including Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, a socio-political group.
In the same vein, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), recently called for the president’s impeachment if he cannot solve Nigeria’s insecurity problem.