Two men,Rilwan Jamiu and Balogun Stanley Oyewole, who cloned the phone of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state have been remanded in Kirikiri by an Ikeja High Court.
Jamiu and Balogun were arraigned yesterday before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya on a three count charge of attempting to defraud the state government of N50million.
The defendants who pleaded not guilty to the three count charge of attempting to commit felony, and obtaining money by false pretence.
After their not guilty plea, the matter went into trial.
According to information brought before the court by the prosecutor, Adebayo Haroun, the defendants allegedly committed the offence at Block 11, State Treasury Office, Ministry of Finance, Alausa, Ikeja.
The defendants allegedly cloned the glo telephone number of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and sent same to the Accountant General, Mrs.Abimbola Shkrat Umar, asking her to pay N50 million into an account.
Led by the prosecutor, Haroun, the Accountant General, Mrs Umar narrated to the court how the defendants attempted to defraud the state.
According to her, “On February 10, 2016, I recieved a text message at exactly 12.52pm.
Iinitially, I thought the message is from his Excellency the Executive Governor of Lagos state, because the name which I stored his number with was the same one that appeared in my inbox.
“The message read, “AG, urgently transfer N50m to Dayder Limited acc no 002806988 Keystone bank. We will talk later.
“I became suspicions because his Excellency does not send text message for any payment. He normally calls to his office when the need arises.
“This text message also looked strange because his Excellency would not end his messgae with H.E nor start with AG. This is not his pattern.
” I put a call to the Governor and he immediately asked me to bring the phone for the security to investigate the text since the message did not come from him,” Mrs. Umar said.
The witness said the investigation confirmed the text message to be fake.
The trial judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya thereafter adjourned the matter till November 17.