A leader of All Progress Congress (APC), in Ondo State, Dr. Taiwo Melumi, on Wednesday was arraigned before a Federal High Court, in Lagos, over alleged N40 million fraud.
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Melumi, a medical doctor, who is a managing Director of Funtai Limited, and Ondo South Senatorial District leader, was arraigned before Justice Abdul-Aziz Anka on a count charge by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The police in a charge marked FHC/L/302c/16, alleged that the APC chieftain, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N40 million from one Nick Shaiyen, the Managing Director of Whitehall Management Limited.
He was alleged to have obtained the said money from the victim with representation that he sold to him a property known as Unit B9, situated at Funtai Court, 3, Ruxton Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, which he falsely presented to him as being free from all encumbrances.
The offence, the prosecutor, Mr. Ekong Sunday, said contravened section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud related Offences Act, 2016.
However, when the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.
Attempt by his lawyer, Mr. Olumide Esan, to have his bail application heard proved abortive as he was unable to present the summons for bail before the court.
However, the prosecutor informed the court that he needed time to respond to the application.
The presiding judge, Justice Anka, consequently ordered the accused person to be remanded in prisons custody, while adjourned the trial till October 6.