Monday, 12 December 2016

How Man Got Himself in Serious Trouble After Issuing Fake NYSC Call-Up Letters

A man who thought it wise to issue fake
call-up letters to prospective NYSC
members, has gotten himself in more
trouble than he anticipated.

A man identified as Richard Olayinka, has
been arrested.
The man who paraded himself as a staff
member of the Osun State University, has
been arrested by the Lagos State Police
Command.
He was arrested for allegedly issuing fake
National Youth Service Corps call-up letters
to four students.
Olayinka was also accused of appending
forged signature of the school’s Vice-
Chancellor on statements of result
purportedly issued to students, identified
as Olubunmi Idowu, Lafihan Dare, Sotikare
Segun and Akintude Wealth.
According to Punch Metro, the students
sought Richards’ help as they were not
cleared by the school management due to
some outstanding courses.
It was learnt that the police launched a
manhunt for the suspect after the youths,
who claimed to be students of Department
of Linguistics and Communication Studies,
Osun State University, reported at the NYSC
Lagos State orientation camp in Iyana Ipaja
on November 26.
They had appeared before the camp
registration team for clearance when their
call-up letters were discovered to be fakes.
The suspect was arraigned in a Lagos
Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba on 12
counts bordering on forgery, stealing and
impersonation by the police.
A police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu,
told the court that the offences were
punishable under sections 285, 312, 361,378
and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State
of Nigeria, 2011.
The charges read in part, “That you,
Richard Olayinka and others at large,
sometime in November 2016, at the NYSC
camp, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did
conspire among yourselves to commit
felony, to wit; stealing and forgery, thereby
committing an offence punishable under
Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos
State of Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, and others at large on the same
date, time and place, in the
aforementioned magisterial district, did
obtain the sum of N50,000, N70,000,
N100,000, and N150,000 from Olubunmi
Idowu, Lafinhan Dare, Sotikare Segun and
Akintunde Wealth respectively, under the
pretext of procuring NYSC call-up letters
for them which you know to be false,
thereby committing an offence punishable
under Section 312 of the Criminal Law of
Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, and others at large, on the same
date, time and place, in the
aforementioned magisterial district, did
conduct yourselves in a manner likely to
cause breach of the peace by
impersonating the Osun State University
Vice-Chancellor and forging the Osun State
University statements of result, thereby
committing an offence contrary to and
punishable under Section 166 of the
Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty before
the presiding magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni,
and was granted bail in the sum of
N350,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till January 18,
2017.

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