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Airport Mangled Corpse: Police begin investigation

Written by Maritime First

… As Sales rep, 43, lands in court, over alleged N5m fraud***

The Airport Police Command on Friday said it had commenced an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found on Runway 18R at the wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

DSP Olayinka Ojelade, the Police Public Relations Officer, Airport Command told the newsmen in Ikeja that the unidentified body might probably be that of one of the hoodlums who usually jump through the airport fence.

“l can confirm that a mangled, unidentified body was found at the International Airport runway on Thursday which was probably hit by taxing aircraft.

“We are still investigating the case of the dead body and once we are through we will communicate to you our findings.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force yesterday evacuated the corpse from the runway,” he said.

Newsmen report that MMIA was temporarily shut down on May 19 after the mangled body was found on Runway 18R of the airport.

It has not been established how the corpse got there: whether the now dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

In another development, a 43-year-old sales representative, Rufus Jimoh, on Friday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly defrauding his employer of N5 million.

Jimoh, whose address was not provided, is facing a four-court charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences, stealing and jumping bail.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, ASP Ben Emuerhi, told the court that Jimoh committed the offences in July 2020, and others still at large, at Daily Beverage Ltd, Mafoluku, Lagos State.

Emuerhi said the defendant collected assorted drinks valued at N5 million from different distributors, on the pretext that he was purchasing them for the company he was working for.

“The defendant sold the drinks and converted the money to his personal use.

“He was arrested on Sept 24, 2021, and was granted bail by the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba; but jumped bail,“ the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said the defendant was later re-arrested by the police.

He said that the offences contravened sections 97(3) 287(7), 314(3) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The newsmen report that Section 287(7) prescribes seven years jail term for stealing from one’s employer, Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining under false pretences.

The Magistrate, Mr L. A Owolabi granted the defendant bail again in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Owolabi ordered that one of the sureties must be a relative of the defendant, and both sureties should be gainfully employed.

He added that the sureties should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Owolabi adjourned the case until May 31, for further mention.

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