Police arraign fake NNPC staff over alleged $100,000 fraud
A suspected fraudster, Akeem Sulaiman Olaitan has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, over alleged fraud of $100,000.
The anti-fraud agency in charge number FHC/L/333C/16, filed before the court by its lawyer, Effiong Asuquo, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), alleged that the accused had on or about January 2016, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $100, 000 USD, from a foreign company, Topkings Partner (HK) Limited.
SFU stated that the accused obtained the said money under false representation that he works as JV Operator with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), and that he was in position to deliver crude oil appropriate to the said amount.
The accused was also alleged to have caused the transferred the said &100, 000, USD, to his bank account number USD 36887918, with account name; Alimity Obanisare and Gas Nigeria, domiciled with First City Monument Bank FCMB).
The offences the prosecutor, CSP Asuquo said are contrary to section 1(1)(a)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and Section 15(1)(a)(ii)(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, as amended.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon the accused not guilty plea, his lawyer, Mr. John Owoyemi, made an oral application, urging the court to admit his client bail in the most liberal terms.
However, the presided judge, Justice AbdulAziz Anka, turned his request on the ground that there was no written application before the court.
Consequently, the presiding judge ordered that the accused person be remanded in prisons custody, while adjourned the matter till September 22, for hearing.
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