Two young men, Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole have been arraigned at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere for attempting to dupe Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to the tune of N50 million by cloning his official telephone number.
The suspects were arraigned before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya on Tuesday.
The alleged fraudsters are being prosecuted on a three-count charge of possession of fraudulent document, impersonation, and attempt to commit a felony.
Leading the prosecution on Monday at the commencement of trial is the State Attorney General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who led the State Accountant General, Mrs. Abimbola Shukurat Umar in evidence before the Court.
In her evidence, Mrs. Umar described to the court how she received a text message on the 10th of February 2016, purportedly from the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, directing her to transfer the sum of N50 million to a designated Keystone Bank account.
According to her, she found the message suspicious and highly irregular of the official accounting protocol.
This prompted her to bring the message to the attention of the governor, who, after distancing himself from the message, ordered the immediate investigation of the matter.
The investigation by led by the Department of State Security Service, DSS, led to the eventual arrest of the defendants.
The prosecution team also called Mr. Wale Odu, State Director of the DSS, Lagos State Command to give evidence.
In his statement, Mr. Odu confirmed that investigation leading to the arrest of the defendants was conducted by his team. According to him, the investigation revealed that the 2nd defendant is one of the directors and shareholders of the Clayder Limited to whose Keystone Bank account; the N50 million fraud money would have been paid.
The matter was later adjourned to Wednesday, 14 February 2018 for the continuation of the trial, while the defendants were remanded at the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison.