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Businesswoman, 5 others remanded over N72m fraud



Businesswoman, 5 others remanded over N72m fraud


Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos has remanded a businesswoman, Chinweze Agada and five others over alleged N72 million fraud.
The judge’s action was sequel to the arraignment of the six accused persons by the police on a 9-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, false representation, unlawful conversion, fraud, intention to cheat and false information.
Agada and his co-accused; Adekunle Ademola, Kupoluyi Adesina, Remi Yusuf, Tessy Olalekan and Yemi Morolani, however pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.
Afterwards, police prosecutor, Usman Jibrin, sought for a trial date and urged the court to remand all the defendants except the businesswoman in prison pending their trial. He asked that Agaba be remanded in police custody.
Jibrin told the court that the woman will soon be leading a team of police investigators to Lome in Togo for a probe on some of her investments in the francophone country.
However, the defence lawyers pleaded with the court to keep their clients in police custody pending when their bail applications will be fully filed and heard.
While adjourning further hearing in the matter to September 24, Justice Hassan ordered the remand of all the defendants in prison.
The judge however told the defence lawyers to approach the court anytime their clients bail applications are ready for hearing.
In a charge marked FHC/L/256C/2018, the police accused the defendants of swindling a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator, Murtala Haruna, of N72 Chinweze Agada, while operating under a firm known as Agiers Energy Company Limited, was said to have deceived Haruna to pay the money into her bank account with a promise that the dollar equivalent will be made available to him.
She was also said to have introduced one, Hassan Adamu (now at large) to the BDC operator, as a staff in the firm, in a bid to perfect the alleged fraud.
Furthermore, Agada was later said to have petitioned the Police Headquarters in Abuja, wherein she alleged that the BDC operator is a member of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group. This eventually led to Haruna’s arrest and prosecution by the police.
The offence which was allegedly committed on June 1, 2018, at 22, Olabisi Street, off Association Avenue, Shangisha Lagos, was said to have been punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related offences Act 2006.
It also contravenes Sections 125 and 385 of the Criminal Code Law of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under Section 390(2) of the same Act.

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