Corruption and Underdevelopment

Alleged N20.5m fraud: Court grants herbalist N10m bail


An Iyaganku Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ibadan has granted a 29-year-old herbalist, Ganiyu Rilwan bail of N10 million for alleged fraud of N20.5 million.

The defendant Rilwan, a resident of Muslim area in Ibadan was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, N20.5 million fraud and conversion.

Ganiyu, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Opeyemi Olagunju told the court that defendant conspired with others to obtain money by false pretence and stealing.

Olagunju said Rilwan between November 2021 and April 2022, with intent to defraud, allegedly obtained the sum of N20.5 million from one Abeeb Adejumo under the pretence of giving him spiritual assistance knowing same to be false.

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He added that the defendant allegedly stole the money from Adejumo and fraudulently converted it to his own use.

Olagunju said the offence is contrary to Section 383 and punishable under section 390(9), 419 and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr S. H. Adebisi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million and ordered him to produce two sureties in like sum.

Thereafter, Adebisi adjourned the matter till October 27, for hearing.

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