Hassan Ayinde, a.k.a. Bolarinwa Abiodun, the fake army general, who forged the signature of president Buhari and former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has been sentenced to 7yrs imprisonment for crimes bordering impersonation and alleged fraud scheme in tune of ₦266.5m
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His sentence was passed on Thursday, July 7, 2022, by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja special offenses court. Recall that he was arrested earlier in 2022, by the EFCC after he was caught posing as an Army General. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession a forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.
“The defendant portrayed himself to be an army general who forged the signatures of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo and current President Muhammadu Buhari in defrauding and obtaining by false pretense to the victim.
He so perfected the scam by the level of his education that one wonders whether such individual should be allowed to walk scot free. It is so sad that people like this have given our dear country a bad name.
I hereby sentence you, Bolarinwa Abiodun, to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The convict should pay the victim N20m and his First Bank account with number 3050622693 used in carrying out the fraud be closed. He is to also to forfeit a building at No 1 Joke Ayo Street, Alagbado.
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His four vehicles, black Range Rover, black BMW car, black Toyota Land Cruiser and white Toyota Hilux with Reg No, Lagos KTU 985 ET, which were recovered from him be forfeited.”
The EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, submitted that he forged the signatures of Obasanjo and President Buhari in defrauding his victim of N266.5m.
The prosecution added that the convict forged a letter of appointment as the COAS dated May 20, 2020, with ID number 387140 and said the document emanated from the presidency.
Abiodun pleaded guilty to an amended 13-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretense and forgery after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned him on Thursday. Delivering judgment, the presiding judge sentenced Abiodun without an option of fine following his guilty plea.