By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A 27-year-old man, Olaleye Ifayemi, a.k.a General, has been dragged before an Akure Magistrate Court, for impersonating a serving Senator in the National Assembly, Senator Ayọ̀ Akinyelure representing Ondo Central.
Fayemi, a native of Ilaje in Ese-Odo, was said to have falsely presented himself as Senator Akinyelure, Senior Legislative Aid (SLA) on phone no 08044486968 with intent to defraud one Adesanya Fayehun, aka Ade-Basket.
Ifayemi, was brought before Magistrate Jolade Adepoju, on four counts charge of impersonation, fraud, attempt to commit a felony and unlawful demand.
According to the prosecution, the accused person committed the offence in January 6, 2020 at about 10:00am at Irowo Quarters Akure, in the Akure Magisterial district.
Ifayemi was also alleged to have presented himself as one Kasali Amidu Oyewole, ‘m’ with account number 306418…..domicile at First Bank Plc, demanding the sum of N300, 000 through the account from one Fayehun Adesanya, aka Ade-Basket, to facilitate the approval of employment he was seeking for his daughter, one Loveth Fayehun(f) from a serving Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Allover).
The alleged offence was contrary to and punishable under sections 484, 509 and 125A, (1) (b) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Taiwo Oniyere, informed the court that two of the four prosecution witnesses were in court.
Oniyere, therefore, prayed for a short adjournment, while he applied for the remand of the accused person n prison custody.
He said it took the police officer a tough time before the accused could be apprehended, stressing that, granting him bail might jeopardize the police efforts.
The lawyer representing the accused person, Mr. Darlington Obidinma Esq, opposed the remand application sought by the prosecutor.
The counsel canvassed that the case before the court had nothing to do with remand, adding that, ”it is a case that the court has jurisdiction over to entertain.”
Obidinma, therefore, prayed the court to discountenance the prayer of the prosecutor and grant the accused person bail in the most liberal terms.
In her ruling, Magistrate Adepoju, granted the defendant bail in sum of N250, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties, he directed, must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction, and must also produce evidence of tax clearance which must be verified by the court police.
He adjourned the matter till March 11.