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Fake traditional ruler in court for allegedly defrauding woman of N51m

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A 26- year-old man, Moses Olaitan who allegedly impersonated a traditional ruler and defrauded a woman of N51 million on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police charged Olaitan, a barber who resides at Iyana Governor Road, Idi- Iroko, Ogun State, with impersonation, stealing, obtaining by false pretenses and threat to life.

The prosecution counsel, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 17, 2020 at Ojokoro area of Lagos .

Akeem alleged that the defendant and some others, at large, collected N51 million from Miss Joy Okoro, to prepare a concoction for ”ritual cleansing” so that she can become a queen.

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Akeem added that the defendant impersonated to be Oba Elegunshi on social media, professed love to the complainant and told him to come to Nigeria from London where she stays.

“The defendant told her that she would undergo a ritual cleansing before she can come to the palace and be a queen and linked her up with some at large.

The offense, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 56, 287, 314, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate O. I Adelaja admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N51million with two sureties in like sum.

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Adelaja adjourned the case until July 5 for mention.


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