How four fraudster duped Eseme Eyiboh N46m
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday remanded one Izekor Ogiemonyi, alias Prince, and three others in the prison custody for allegedly swindling a former member of the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, of $1.362m and N46.533m.
Appearing before Muslim Hassan of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court were Izekor Osatohanmwen Ogiemonyi, alias Prince Joshua Akenzua; Stephen Victor, alias James Ajayi; Bolade Babatunde, alias Honourable Lawal Adewunmi; and Jimoh Saka, alias Tola Ajayi.
Justice Muslim Hassan made the remand order shortly after the accused were re-arraigned before him by the police on Monday.
The police Special Fraud Unit arraigned Ogiemonyi alongside Joshua Akenzua, Stephen Victor, Bolade Babatunde, and Jimoh Saka.
The police alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained the money from Eyiboh under the pretext that they were supplying him vehicles and industrial machines at affordable and official exchange rates.
According to the police, the defendants obtained the money from the ex-lawmaker between June 2016 and August 2017 at Jatoz Royal Hotel, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos.
The lawmaker, according to the prosecution, delivered the sum to the accused in tranches of $1.230m, $20,000, $112,000, and N46,533m.
The police also alleged that the fourth accused person, Mr. Saka, provided bank accounts domiciled in First Bank, Diamond Bank, and First City Monument Bank into which the N46.533 million was paid in by Mr. Eyiboh and later handed over the money to the other accused persons.
The prosecutor, Emmanuel Jackson, told the court that the defendants acted contrary to sections 8(a), 1(1)(a) and 8(9) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No.14 of 2006 and were liable to be punished under Section 1(3) of the same law.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The accused lawyers pleaded with the court to admit their clients bail “in liberal terms,” a move that was countered by the police prosecutor, Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Jackson particularly objected to the bail plea for the third accused person, Mr. Bolade, on the grounds that he has no means of livelihood.
Justice Hassan adjourned till February 19, 2018 to rule on their bail applications.
He ordered that they be remanded in the prison custody until then.