A 42-year-old man, Gbenisoye Akano, on Tuesday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court over alleged impersonation of staff of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to defraud a woman of N130,000.
The accused is facing a three-count charge of impersonation, fraud and theft.
Akano allegedly collected the money from the complainant, Mrs Oluwakemi Abimbola, on the pretext of supplying her a prepaid meter.
The prosecutor, ASP Richard Odigie, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 5 at about 10.00 a.m. at Opeyemi Close, Good Gbenisoye AkanoNews Estate, Ogombo Ajah, Lagos.
Odigie said the accused posed as an official of the EKEDC attached to Marina Branch while committing the offences.
He said the accused with three others still at large came with a ladder and posed as EKEDC officials and threatened to disconnect electricity supply to the house of the complainant.
“Abimbola, a new landlady in the estate, pleaded with them and they insisted that she must get a prepaid meter which the accused and his accomplices told her will cost N130,000.
“After transferring the money into the accused’s account, she did not hear from him again,’’ Odigie said.
The offences contravened Sections 78 (a), 285, 312 (1) (a) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Section 78 stipulates four years imprisonment for impersonation, Section 285 provides three years for theft, while Section 312 prescribes 15 years for offenders.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mrs F. O. Ikobayo, granted the accused a N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
She said the two sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the other surety should be a civil servant.
The case was adjourned until April 28 for mention.
Source: The Nation