Court adjourns Fashola impersonator’s N3.1m fraud suit

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Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned further proceedings till February 25 in an N3,106, 216 fraud suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against one Malik Wakili, who allegedly impersonated the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, on Thursday, adjourned the case due to the demise of one of the judges, Justice Ibrahim Watila, who died on Monday.

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Wakili was arraigned before the court on three counts for impersonating and defrauding Fashola to the tune of N3,106, 216.

According to the EFCC, Wakili conspired with one Abdullahi Umar, said to be at large, to fraudulently impersonate Fashola with intent to gain a monetary advantage for himself.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant “converted the total sum of N3,106,216, being the value of the Air-miles Skywards Account Number EK248739282 of Mr Babatunde with the Emirate Airline and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit: fraud.”

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The prosecution said Wakili acted contrary to sections 15(2)(a) and 27(1)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and was liable to be punished under sections 15(3) and 22(3)(a) of the same Act.

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