Court Jails Fake Army General, Ayinde For Seven Years

court jails fake army general, ayinde for seven years
court jails fake army general, ayinde for seven years

Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, whose true name is Hassan Kareem Ayinde, was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison by a Special Offences Court in the Ikeja neighbourhood of Lagos on Thursday.

Without any choice for a fine, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo convicted and sentenced the convicted offender.

He acknowledged to using the identity of former President Olusegun Obasanjo (a.k.a. OBJ) to swindle businessman Mr. Bamidele Olusegun Safiriyu to the tune of N270m as part of a plea bargain that led to his conviction.

In her ruling, Justice Taiwo ordered the defendant to pay the complainant N20 million.

Four vehicles seized during a search of his residence at 1A Joke Ayo Street, Alagbado, Lagos, are also to be forfeited.

The judge also stated that the defendant must forfeit the No. 1 Joke Ayo Street building in Alagbado.

Among the forfeited property are a black Range Rover Sport HSA with the registration number YAB 289 BD, a black BMW 750 NNI with the chassis number WBAKC6C51A393501, a black Toyota Land Cruiser V6 ESR with the chassis number JINHU09JXV4086310, and a white Toyota Hilux with the registration number Lagos KTU 989 BT.

In addition, the court directed that Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun’s First Bank of Nigeria account containing N1,400 be cancelled.

Justice Taiwo stated that the activity of the convict demonstrates the lengths to which scammers will go to deceive innocent victims, adding that he posed as a general and had such a high degree of knowledge that one wonders if he should be allowed to walk free.

“It is very unfortunate that individuals have given our country a terrible reputation. The court stated, “I aim to convey a clear message to con artists.”

The EFCC charged the fake Army general with 13 counts related to acquiring money by false pretence, document forgery, and possession of documents with false pretence values totaling N266,500,000.

On 11 April 2022, he was charged with violations of Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, Section 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, and Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006, respectively.

According to the charge: “Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, between 15 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud and whilst holding yourself out as a General in the Nigerian Army, obtained the sum of N111,400,000 from a company under the pretence that the sum represented a portion of the amount expended to “press and process” your upcoming appointment by the President and Commander-in-Chie

The charge continues: “Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, sometime in May 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, knowingly forged LETTER OF APPOINTMENT AS CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF dated 20th May 2020 and purported the said document to have originated from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which you know to be false.”

He entered a guilty plea to the charge.

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