Nigeria: Couple docked for impersonating NAFDAC officials

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AKURE — FOR allegedly impersonating officials of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), a couple, Mr and Mrs Frederick and Ayobami Famiyesin, were yesterday docked at  an Akure Magistrate Court.

The couple, according to the prosecuting Police witness, Isha  Atanegbe, have defrauded the people of Okitipupa in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State of millions of naira pretending to be officials of NAFDAC.

Aged between 42 and 52 years, the accused persons gave out  fake appointments to unsuspecting people in the council area, thereby committing offence contrary to laws of the state.

The charge read: “That you Famiyesin Ayobami and Famiyesin Fredrick sometimes in the month of October 2012 at Okitipupa, in the Akure Magistrate District did conspire together to commit felony to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and  thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code cap b36, vol 1 laws of Ondo state of Nigeria 2006.

The duo were also accused of taking N200,000.00 and N1million from Ogungbemi Damilola and Melehan Temidayo “with the promise that you will secure appointments for them at NAFDAC, an offence punishable under 419 of the criminal code cap 36, vol 1 laws of Ondo State of Nigeria.”

At the resumed hearing of the case, yesterday, Mr B. Simeon represented NAFDAC while Messrs Jide Italoye and O. J Ikudaisi represented the accused.

Police Prosecutor Atanegbe told the court to issue bench warant against the couple and their surties because they were not present in the court to answer the charges prefer against them.

But counsel to the accused persons said the accused had fatal accident on their way to the court and were receiving treatment in hospital. They pleaded with the court to give them a date within which to produce the accused.

Reacting,  the Police Prosecutor disagreed with the application on the ground that there was no medical report to substantiate the claim by the counsel.

The trail Magistrate, Akin Akintoye, however, fixed August 21 for hearing

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