Man impersonating Oba Akiolu arraigned in court, granted N1m bail


A 34-year old man, Ayodeji Babalola has been arraigned at the Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly impersonating the Oba of Lagos, Babatunde Rilwan Akiolu.

Babalola reportedly presented himself as Oba Babatunde Akiolu to one Ajoke Moriselade with the intent to defraud her.

He allegedly said he was ready to give her his own slot at the proposed Lekki Airport, asking her to pay N15 million to facilitate the process.

The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing a four-count bordering on false representation, stealing, fraudulently obtaining money and intent to defraud.

The prosecutor, Inspector Oladele Adebayo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June at No. 2, Ogunkoya St., Ekutu, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 312, 380(1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges; while the Magistrate, Mrs. A.O. Salawu, granted him bail in the sum of N1 million and two responsible sureties in like sum and adjourned hearing in the case to September 20.




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