N7m Fraud: Lagos court sends suspect to Kirikiri prisons for duping Chief Judge

Justice Atilade Olufunmilayo

A Lagos State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ebute-Metta, has sent a suspected fraudster, Mr Suleimon Aminu to Kirikiri Prison for allegedly defrauding the Chief Judge (CJ) of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade of N7million.

Suleimon is to remain in the prison custody to enable the police investigate the extent of his involvement in the crime get his accomplices arrested.

Specifically, the suspect, Suleimon Aminu, was alleged to have defrauded the Lagos CJ of the sum of N7 million meant for payment of a building plan approval.

He was also alleged to have forged revenue receipt of the Lagos State Government to cover up his act.

The Police, in a charge sheet attached with his remand application, stated that the suspect and others still at large, had between January and March this year, conspired among themselves to commit the alleged fraud.

The Charge Sheet reads: “The suspect had defrauded the Lagos CJ of the said N7 million, being payment made to him for Building Plan Approval, which he failed to remit to the account of the Lagos State Government.”

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According to the Police, the offences are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 334(1), 365(1), and 314(1)(A)(B) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The Police also urged the court to remand the suspect, pending investigation, and that the remand application was in pursuant to Section 264(1)(2) of Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

Consequently, the Magistrate, Mrs. A. O. Salawu, ordered that the suspect be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons for the first 30 days.

She adjourned the matter till September 5, this year.