A 120-year-old man, Chief Busari Oyewumi, is facing trail and has been paraded by the Osun State police command. He is in custody for allegedly defrauding one Wasiu Adebisi of N400,000.
The suspect was arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Osogbo headed by Mrs. Fatima Sodamade on Monday on three counts of stealing, obtaining by false pretences and conspiracy.
The charges read in part, “That you, Chief Busari Oyewumi, and others now at large, sometime in 2015 at the back of the Powerline area, Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N400,000 from one Alhaji Ganiyu Adebisi on behalf of his son, Adebisi Wasiu, on the pretext of selling a plot of land to him measuring 50 by 1000 feet, knowing that your intention was to defraud him of his money, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.”
The suspect pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Mr. Soji Oyetayo, prayed the court to admit him to bail in liberal terms.
The chief magistrate, in her ruling, granted the bail application with one surety and adjourned the case to March 1 for hearing.