A 39-year-old man, Tope Fagun who was arrested by men of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi has been remanded in prison custody by an Igbosere Magistrates Court in Lagos.
Fagun and Rotimi Akinade, his accomplice are facing a six count charge of felony, to wit stealing.
Tope Fagun was alleged to have posed as Major General Emmanuel Abisoye (rtd)., to obtain the sum of $50,000 from Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, under the false pretence that he was on admission in a hospital in London.
The court was told by DSP Raymond Odion Akhaine, the police prosecutor that the first accused, Tope Fagun, sometime in 2011 phoned the Governor of Adamawa State who retired as a Vice Admiral and introduced himself to him as Major General Emmanuel Abisoye (rtd.), he went further that the accused person told the Governor that he needed his help financially to offset his hospital bill at Queen Elizabeth Hospital London, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. .
Akhaine also told the court that the Governor sent the sum of $35,000 and another $15,000 to the accused, based on the belief that he was actually called by Major General Abisoye.
The prosecutor revealed that the accused got into trouble when he attempted to con another member of the Peoples Democratic who also had a military background. The accused called and used the same method, pretending to be General Abisoye. He mentioned the same ghospital and said he needed to offset his medical bills.
The PDP national official however called Major General Abisoye personally to inquire about his health The retired Major General however made it known that he was neither ill nor on admission and that he never demanded for any financial help from any quarter.
The matter was subsequently reported to the police by Major General Abisoye, which led to the arrest of the accused persons after some months.
After the charges have been read to them, the accused persons pleaded not guilty and were subsequently admitted to bail in the sum of N 1 million with 2 sureties in like sum. The sureties must present a proof of tax payment to the Lagos State Government. The matter was adjourned till July 24 for mention. Meanwhile, the accused persons are to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons until the fulfilment of their bail conditions.
The offence is a contravention of section 409, 312(3), 285 and 378 of criminal laws of Lagos state, 2011.