A 60-year-old politician, Folaji Onikoyi, was, yesterday, arraigned before a Somolu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly obtaining money under pretences from two persons. The accused, who is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretences, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
The prosecutor, ASP Akinlebi Adegoke, had told the court that Onikoyi collected N670,000 from one Mr. Opayemi Rotimi and one Mr. Owolabi Ajibade, under pretext of securing jobs for them. He said: “The accused obtained N670,000 from the complainants with false pretences that the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, would offer them jobs.
“Onikoyi promised the complainants that he would use the money to negotiate with Tinubu to offer Rotimi a supervisory councillorship slot in Lagos Island Local Government and Secretary to the Council Chairman. “The accused also assured Ajibade that the former governor would offer him a manager slot at Lagos Water Corporation,” Adegoke said.
He said the offences contravened Sections 312 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011. Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi granted the accused bail for N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case till August 17 for trial.