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Deaconess forges boss signature, defrauds victims

A deaconess, Olaide Olukanni, was re-arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba, Ikeja, for allegedly forging her employer’s signature and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

Olukanni was arraigned on Monday alongside one Sikiru Lawal on six counts of impersonation, forgery and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought before Chief Magistrate E. Kubeinje.

The PUNCH reported that Olukanni was alleged to have impersonated her boss, Abiodun Esan, and forged his signature.

However, following a fresh petition to the police, Lawal, who was said to be Olukanni’s accomplice, was arrested.

According to the police counsel, Bisi Ogunleye, the defendants impersonated Esan and forged his signature, seal and survey plan and used same to process fake survey plans for numerous clients in Ikeja in May 2019 and November 2020.

Ogunleye said the offences contravened sections 411, 365 (1), 380 (11) 168 (1) and 314 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Magistrate Kubeinje admitted each defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the matter till August 4, 2021.

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