Crime/DefenseLegal/Judiciary

‘Name of fake Army General is Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun’ — First Bank

The First Bank of Nigeria Plc has made public the real names of the alleged fake Army General before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The name of the alleged fake Army General as released by the old generation financial institution is Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun.

First Bank made the names public through its compliance officer, Chris Ekpe, who equally told the court, presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo how the alleged fake Army General, Bolarinwa Oluwasegun Abiodun, perfected his change of name before swindling a businessman of N270m.

While being led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the Compliance Officer confirmed to the court that his bank received a notary publication dated December 20, 2016, with a letter of change of account name from the defendant on February 2, 2017.

The witness told the court that the real name of the alleged fake Army General was Hassan Kareem Ayinde.

The Compliance Officer noted that the bank, upon receiving the change of name documents, changed his account name from Hassan Kareem Ayinde to Olusegun Abiodun Bolarinwa.

Oyedepo then asked him the account balance of the defendant at the time of the change of account name, and the witness confirmed that it was N1, 319.04.

Giving evidence further, the First Bank Compliance Officer revealed how huge sums started coming into the defendant’s account from the complainant’s account domiciled in UBA and how it was utilised for various personal needs ranging from debit alert of boutiques and ATM withdrawal.

It would be recalled that the alleged fake Army General was charged by the EFCC on a 13-count bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery of documents, and possession of documents containing false pretence valued at N266,500,000.

He was arraigned on April 11, 2022, on offences contrary to 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.

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