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Court Remands Suspect For Allegedly Swindling Ilorin-born Cleric 25 Million Naira

By Adedayo Said

An Ilorin Chief Magistrate Court, on Thursday February 16, 2023 remanded one Mohammed Lawal Ismail (suspect) to Nigerian Correctional Center Ilorin for the offences of Criminal Breach of Trust and Obtaining Money by False Pretence contrary to Section 312 of Penal Code Law and Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006.

According to the First Information Report, FIR, Mohammed Lawal Ismail, Male, 47 years old of No 36, Elelu street, Alanamu area in Ilorin sometimes in December 2021 approached an Ilorin-born cleric, Alhaji Muritala Kareem to help him source for fund in the region of Twenty Five Million Naira to execute a contract project he claimed to have recently gotten.

The FIR reads:

"On 03/01/2023 at about 1100hrs the above captioned case was reported to the Commissioner of Police Ilorin, Kwara state command through a letter of complaint, written by Mr. Muritala Kazeem 'm' of No 25 Kamaldeen street Okekere Ilorin, Kwara state. That sometime in December 2021, you Mr. Mohammad Lawal Ismail 'M' of No 36 Elelu street Alanamu area Ilorin, who claimed to be a supplier approached him that you needed money to execute your project. That you wanted to supply Nigeria communication commission (N.C.C) chairs and you will need up to twenty five million naira only(#25,000,000.00k), in which he transferred the total sum of twenty five million naira only(#25,000,000.00k) into your account and other accounts that you presented to belong to your co-workers"

"He stated further that you, Mr. Mohammad Lawal Ismail 'M' went behind to collect the sum of four million naira only (#4,000,000.00k) from the complainant's friend that he introduced you to, one Alhaji AbdulRauf Idilobe in his name. That after receiving the said amount of money you disappeared to thin air and all effort to retrieve the money proved abortive"

"Investigation conducted at the Surveillance section of state (SCID)Ilorin, revealed that you Mohammad Lawal Ismail 'm' defrauded the nominal complainant and collected the money sum of twenty five million naira only (#25,000,000.00k), from the complainant and also collect the sum of four million naira only(#4,000,000.00k) from his friend and fraudulently converted the said money to your personal use. You thereby committed the above offences"

Ismail is being charged for criminal breach of trust and obtaining money by false pretense contrary to section 312 of Penal Code Law and Section 1 (3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act 2006. Ismail is also alleged to have used fake contract award letters to swindle the Complainant.

The case against Ismail at the Chief Magistrate's Court has now been adjourned to 6th March, 2023 for further mention.

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