Alleged $120,000 fraud, IGP drags Osun Governor’s aide to court


The Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Abdullahi Binuyo, has been charged with fraud involving $120,000 by the Office of the Inspector-General of Police.

According to available information, the case marked CR/975/2020, which was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on September 9, 2020, “Binuyo faces four charges of conspiracy, fraud, cheating and forgery.”

It was filed on behalf of the IGP by Rimamsomte Ezekiel, a lawyer in the Legal Prosecution Section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department at the Force Headquarters.

The prosecution alleged in the case that Binuyo in January 2017 in Abuja “conspired with others who are now at large to dupe one Babatunde Ajala and his company BMA Nigeria Limited.”

It was also alleged that he “forged and signed as Mr Hakeem Thanni, for Ahad International FZC company in an investment agreement with BMA Nigeria Limited and Mr Tunde Ajala.”

It was also alleged that “with intention to defraud and under false pretence (he) obtained $120,000 for Tunde Ajala and his company BMA Nigeria Limited.”

The defendant was also alleged to have “cheated Babatunde Ajala and his company BMA Nig. Ltd. of $120,000.00.”

The offences were said to be punishable under various provisions of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences and the Penal Code Law.

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