Aug. 15 (THEWILL) – A 19-year-old Lagos-based comedian, Eyinatayo Iluyomade, has landed in jail for pranking a branch of First Bank Plc in Ondo with a written notice of an impending robbery attack.
Iluyomade was charged by police with three counts bordering on conspiracy, threatening and manner likely to pose a threat to security.
Police prosecutor Akao Moremi told the court that the defendant had filed a written note at the bank stating that at 1 p.m. on the same day, members of his gang of armed robbers would come and rob the bank. .
Moremi said the note posed a security threat to First Bank’s Sabo branch in Ondo town and also caused all banks operating in Ondo to close for the day.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. But defense attorney Hawkins Akinnugba requested bail for the accused in the most liberal terms.
The bail request was, however, challenged by the police prosecutor on the grounds that the defendant would temper the cause of investigating the case as there were other criminal elements behind the threat.
The trial magistrate, Mosunmola Ikujuni, refused the request for bail pending the arrest of other members of the criminal gang.
Ikujuni said, “If at the next adjournment date, the prosecution has not yet apprehended all the other criminals involved in the case, then the court will take action.
She therefore adjourned the case to decide on the bail application.
The defendant, however, told the court that he was a comedian and that the note he left at the First Bank branch was a prank, adding that he had done this in Lagos until he moved to the city of Ondo.
He said, “This is my first time pranking Ondo. No gang was going to rob the bank as written in the note.
Iluyomade begged the court to forgive him and he promised not to play such a prank again.