A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has ordered the remand of Mrs. Mercy Duru in prison.
The woman was arraigned yesterday on a three count-charge of attempted murder, impersonating as a medical doctor and obtaining by false pretence.
She will remain in prison till the next adjournment date of October 5, 2018.
The charge with reference no: MA/512c/2018 read as follows: “That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, between June 23, 2018 and July 1, 2018, at about 5:00pm, at Oluwo area, Adigbe, Abeokuta, in the Abeokuta Magisterial District, did attempt to unlawfully kill one Mr. Olawale Hassan by injecting him with Rocephine and Zoladex drugs, which you claimed can cure heart related diseases, that almost claimed his life and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 320 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006.
“That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did with the intent to defraud one Mr. Olawale Hassan, falsely presented yourself as a medical doctor, working at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 484 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006.
“That you, Mrs. Mercy Duru, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magisterial District, did by false pretence and intent to defraud, obtained the sum of #400,000 from one Mr. Olawale Hassan on the pretence that you would use the money to buy medicine for him, which you neither bought nor refunded the money and committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 419 of the criminal law of Ogun State, Nigeria 2006”.
After reading the charges to her, of which she affirmed to understanding them, her plea was not taken.
The presiding Magistrate of Court 1, A. I. Adelaja (Mrs), ordered that she should be remanded in prison custody, while the matter was adjourned to October 5, 2018.