The Lagos state government has today arraigned two young men identified as Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere.
The young men were arrested and arraigned before the court for attempting to dupe the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to the tune of N50 million.
The alleged fraudsters according to court documents are being prosecuted on a three-count charge of possession of fraudulent document, impersonation and attempt to commit felony.
The state Accountant General, Abimbola Shukurat Umar, at the trial told the court how she received a text message on February 10th, 2016 purportedly from the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, directing her to transfer the sum of N50 million to a designated Keystone Bank account.
Umar before the court stated that she found the text message suspicious and thus responded quickly by drawing the attention of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The governor, after denying the initiation of the text message was reported to have ordered an immediate investigation into the matter which led to the arrest of the men by operatives of the Department of State Security Service, DSS.
The case was however adjourned to Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 for continuation of the trial and for further investigations to be carried out on the case.
The defendants will in the time being be held at the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.