Justice caught up with three persons who were allegedly using the name of Afro-Juju legend, King Sunny Ade to commit fraud of up to N3.1 million.
The suspects; Lawrence Oyedokun (27), Oyewumi Abiodun (27) and Rebecca Oyebode (23) were charged to court where they entered a not guilty plea to four counts of conspiracy, impersonation, stealing and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Three persons were on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly using the name of Afro-Juju icon, Sunday Adegeyi, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, to defraud people to the tune of N3.1 million.
The prosecutor for the Nigerian Police, Clifford Ogu, told the court that in contravention of the provisions of sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 the defendants committed the fraud in March at Ikeja, Lagos. He added that the defendants perpetuated the fraud through fake Instagram accounts. He said, “The defendants opened an Instagram page with Sunny Ade’s name, advertising that KSA would want to assist interested people to travel on music tours to Europe, America and Asia. They also wrote on the Instagram page that those who were interested in the tour should pay from N50,000 to N100,000 depending on the area of interest. People began to pay money into the accounts the defendants provided and they were withdrawing the money daily and promising to contact the victims as at when due.”
Magistrate J.A Adegun admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N300, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
He also ordered that all the sureties be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned till May 22.