The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a man known as Bolarinwa Abiodun, who has been impersonating an Army General.
Abiodun was brought before the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday on a 13-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery of documents and possession of documents containing false pretence to the tune of N266,500,000.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo ordered that the “fake General” be remanded in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, pending hearing in the bail application.
EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the defendant, who posed as a general in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources that the President Muhammadu Buhari had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and that he needed a short grant to press and process the appointment.
According to the statement, “Abiodun who was arrested at his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.
“In the said letter, he claimed that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.
“Abiodun is also alleged to have, in May 2020, forged a Nigerian Army Identity Card with serial number 387140, claiming the same to have been issued to him from the Nigerian Army and another forged Letter of Recommendation purportedly signed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo recommending one Adebayo Rasaq Adebola, with recruitment No 77RRI/OG/556/0032555 and Adeogun Emmanuel Adesola with recruitment No 77RRI/OG/352/0123751 for employment into the Nigerian Army.
“He is also accused of being in possession of a forged Certificate of Confirmation dated November 7, 2018, purporting the same to have emanated from the Nigerian Army Headquarters. He is also accused of being in possession of a forged document titled: Letter of Authorisation, purportedly signed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo permitting one Bamidele Olusegun Safiriyu of De-Rock Maritime Resource L.T.D. to enter Apapa Port freely and load their truck.”
Six pump action guns, three cartridge bullets, a swagger stick, and several forged documents were recovered from him, upon arrest.
Justice Taiwo adjourned the case until April 14 and ordered that the defendant be remanded at Ikoyi correctional facility in Lagos.