The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday arraigned two employees of First Marina Trust Ltd before an Ikeja High Court, Lagos for allegedly defrauding the company of $500, 000.
The two employees who were identified as Oluwaseun Adeyemi, Suleiman Yusuf Obhakume, allegedly perpetrated the fraud alongside Yusuf Imran Adekunle and Haruna Issah.
The defendants, who pleaded not guilty, were docked on a two -count charge of conspiracy to steal and stealing preferred against them by the commission. However, the prosecution lawyer, Zainab Etu said that the offence were committed on September 16, 2016 in Lagos.
Etu further said that the offence of conspiracy and stealing were contrary to Sections 409 and 285(1), (8) of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011
According to the petition directed to the agency dated September 19, 2016 by First Marina Trust Ltd, Adeyemi and Obhakume are both members of staff of the company situated at No. 6 Babatunde Jose Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The petition revealed that the duo, alongside others at large, conspired, connived and defrauded the company of the sum of 500, 000 dollars.
Lawyer to first defendant, Mr. O. Awonuga asked the court for a short adjournment in order to file his clients’ bail application.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso, however, ordered that the defendants should be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending the hearing of the bail application. She further adjourned the matter till July 11 for hearing of pending applications.