In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, June, 2020

Stunning! Businessman Being Investigated For N75m Fraud Dies Throughout COVID-19 Check In Lagos

Shocking! Businessman Being Investigated For N75m Fraud Dies During COVID-19 Test In Lagos


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A businessman, Godwin Julius, who was being investigated for alleged involvement in a N75m fraud, has died whereas being examined for COVID-19 on the Infectious Illness Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State, The PUNCH reviews.

Godwin and one Obinale Osunwoke have been arrested within the Ejigbo space of the state and have been detained after the police reportedly traced a few of the cash to an account belonging to the late businessman.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen acted on a petition by the consultant of a United States of America-based firm, Terraroad’s Worldwide Incorporation, Knowledge Chris, that the agency had been swindled out of N75m.

Knowledge instructed PUNCH Metro that the suspects and others at present at giant impersonated the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and defrauded the agency of $200,000 with solid paperwork.

He mentioned, “Among the suspects are nonetheless at giant. My firm within the US received a regulation agency to jot down a petition and the one factor I do know in regards to the case is that the suspects claimed to be the Minister of Works, Energy and Housing, and sure issues transpired between my firm and them, and the agency, was defrauded of $200,000.

“However after we went to confirm the paperwork, we realised that they have been faux. The suspects later confessed that they have been fraudsters and wrote an e mail to that impact. Initially, we received a regulation agency to research the matter, however after they weren’t forthcoming, the case was reported to the police.”

Whereas the investigation was ongoing, PUNCH Metro learnt that the police approached the court docket to acquire a remand order for Godwin and Osunwoke.

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Nevertheless, Godwin reportedly took sick throughout investigation and was taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo, the place a physician suggested that he must be taken to the Infectious Illness Hospital, Yaba, for a COVID-19 take a look at.

Osunwoke, who alleged that the police ignored a number of pleas to grant them bail, mentioned when Godwin’s well being deteriorated, they took him to the hospital for the COVID-19 take a look at, however he died within the course of.

He mentioned, “One Charles mentioned he wanted a domiciliary account and after I requested why, he instructed me he had some enterprise he was doing abroad. I instructed Godwin and he known as Charles to verify earlier than his account was used.

“They’re saying over N72m, however what was paid into Godwin’s account was $22,000, and out of that quantity, we took 20 per cent and Charles was to take 80 per cent. So, after we have been arrested, the police refused to grant us bail regardless of our lawyer and households pleading with them to grant us bail.

“The police took us to court docket to get an order for us to stay of their custody, however our lawyer disagreed and complained about Godwin’s well being, however the Justice of the Peace gave the order for the police to detain us for 21 extra days, which can elapse on June 29, 2020.

“When Godwin’s well being deteriorated, the Investigating Police Officer took him to hospitals in Obalende and Yaba, the place he was rejected. Godwin was later taken to the Police Hospital in Falomo and I adopted them.

“The physician performed some checks and confirmed that Godwin’s respiration wasn’t regular and steered that he must be granted bail. He additionally really helpful that he must be taken to the Infectious Illness Hospital. After we received there for the COVID-19 take a look at, the employees spent greater than 30 minutes simply to take his particulars and refused to take care of him instantly.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer within the state, Bala Elkana, mentioned, “The 2 suspects have been investigated for worldwide fraud. They solid Federal Authorities paperwork and defrauded a global firm. They have been charged by the SCIID and the court docket remanded them in police custody.

“The problem the police are dealing with at present is that prisons should not admitting new inmates due to COVID-19; so, as soon as we’ve got a case now, we’ve got the burden of offering detention facility for anyone we take to court docket.

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“That was why the 2 suspects have been introduced again to us, and whereas in remand, Godwin developed signs of COVID-19 and we took him to hospitals however he was rejected. We later took him to the Police Hospital in Falomo, the place the physician referred him to the isolation centre in Yaba for a take a look at and he finally died whereas on admission.

“The second suspect was additionally exhibiting related signs, as a result of he had contact with the deceased, and the authorized staff needed to return to court docket to request that the remand order be vacated in order that he might be granted bail to deal with himself, as a result of he’s of excessive danger to the individuals in our facility. So, he was launched by the court docket.”

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