In the first such case of its kind, Abioye Junaid, 41, and Fausat Junaid, 39, are facing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing and impersonation. They apparently impersonated Asiwaju Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor, along with others still at large, to commit the offences between October 2014 and December 2015.
Police prosecutor, Deputy Superintendant of Police Charles Odii, told the court that the couple committed the alleged offences at their residence on Ayeola St, Oke Balogun, Epe, Lagos State. Mr Odii said that Mr Junaid was a security agent with Eco Electricity Company at Sangotedo Epe, while his wife was a civil servant with the Epe Local Government respectively.
“The accused had falsely presented themselves as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja-General of Nigeria," he said.
Apparently, the accused obtained the sum of N15m (£38,312) from one Ambali Abiodun, under the pretext of making him a commissioner in the Lagos State government. The prosecutor also alleged that the duo obtained the sum of N70m (£178,792) from one Otuniyi Adeniyi, under pretext of making him the vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a representation they knew was false.
Emmanuel Bayen, counsel to the accused, urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms after the pleaded not guilty. In her ruling, the presiding magistrate, Mrs A O Sholadoye granted them N2m bail each with two responsible sureties each in like sum.
In her ruling, the magistrate said that one of the sureties must be a level 16 officer or above in the Lagos State Civil Service and the other surety must be a landed property owner whose certificate of ownership would be verified at the Lagos State Land Registry. Following this, the magistrate ordered that the accused be remanded in prison pending the meeting of bail conditions and then adjourned the case till August 26 for mention.