Crime

Driver ‘impersonates’ woman’s husband, steals cash, SUV

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A driver, Ogah Agabe, was on Thursday docked before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly claiming a woman had died, impersonating her husband and stealing her cash and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Agabe, 38, was arraigned before Mrs. A. A. Adetunji on a nine-count charge of stealing, fraudulent representation, forgery, impersonation, unlawful representation and making of false statement on oath.

Prosecuting police officer, Sergeant Friday Mameh said the defendant committed the offences between last March 20 and 29 in Lagos.

He said on March 20, the defendant’s employer, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofeimun, transferred N157,000 to his Access Bank account No. 0046446813 so that he could repair her Nissan Infinity SUV at Ladipo Market, Lagos.

According to Mameh, Agabe failed to carry out the repairs and disappeared with the money and SUV valued at N1,600,000.

The defendant allegedly lodged at a hotel in Oshodi, Lagos, for several days, during which he “forged a Station Diary extract of the Nigerian Police, Area ‘F’ Command, Ikeja, Lagos and procured another person to sign or execute the diary.

The purported diary allegedly registered the death of his employer.

Mameh said the defendant then approached the Commissioner for Oaths at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos where he swore to an affidavit to which he attached his passport, claiming to be his employer’s husband, Martins Ofeimun.

“He did knowingly make false statement and declaration on oath by affidavit, stating that one Mrs. Elizabeth Ofeimun is late, knowing fully well that she is alive,” the prosecutor said.

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