Crime: Kogi wood merchant faces court charges for defrauding Senator Kashamu

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A wood merchant Mohammed Isiaka from Gboloko in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding Senator Buruji Kashamu of N400,000.

Isiaka, according to the charge, obtained N400,000 from Senator Kashamu by giving false information to the police that former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid one Tony Kabaka N25 million to eliminate Kashamu.

The charge reads: “The accused person gave the false information to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone II Onikan Lagos on July 25 at Onikan, a Lagos Magisterial District, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 93 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

“That Isiaka, on the same date, time and place in Lagos Magisterial District, time and place in Lagos Magisterial District, did obtain from one Senator Buruji Kashamu the sum of N400, 000 with the pretence, that he had given information to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police knowing same to be false.”

Magistrate O. Kusanu granted the accused N800, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum and evidence of three-year tax payment. Kusanu adjourned the case till October 14.

The accused, who claims that he has a National Diploma in Accounting from Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, is said to be into wood business shuttling between Kogi and Benin.

According to the police, the AIG instructed the Zonal Special Anti-Robbery (ZSARS) to investigate the matter.

Investigation revealed that Isiaka lied to obtain money from Kashamu.

The police said Isiaka confessed that he collected N200,000 from Kashamu the first time he gave him the information and got another N200,000 later.

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