Herbalist in court for alleged N3.6 million fraud in Osun

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The Project Manager, Ayegbaju International Market, Osogbo, Fadare Oludamola, Tuesday, told the federal high court presided over by Justice Peter Lifu, how he was duped by one herbalist, Adeyemi Semiu, to the tune of N3.6 million.

The duo of Adeyemi Semiu (32) and Adeyemi Musibau (35) were facing two count charges of conspiracy and fraud.

Led in evidence by the O. C. Legal, Mr Osei Francis, the witness said the defendant was asked to supply cement worth an N3 million which he refused and also threatened him.

He told the court that the defendant collected 20,000USD and 5,000pounds from him until he resigned and ran away because of a threat to his life.

“I read in the newspaper in 2016 that some fraudsters were arrested in Ilobu and I saw the picture of the defendant. I called the procurement manager, Ilori Adeniyi, to make a report at the police station and the defendants were arrested.

However, during cross-examination by counsel to the defendant, Mr Promise Jonnes, the witness admitted that he didn’t have any written document to show that he gave the defendant money or contract.

He said the contract was given to the defendant because the immediate past governor appealed to the company to empower local contractors.

The Investigative Police Officer, Adetunji Adejare, also told the court how the shrine of the defendants was destroyed by the former governor, and four vehicles were recovered from them because they couldn’t give a satisfactory account of how they got it.

Justice Lifu thereby adjourned the matter to 29 October 2020 for the prosecution to close his case.

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