Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Saliu Saidu has ordered the remand of a fraud suspects, Salami Mufa till December 1st, 2020 when his bail application will be heard and determined.
Justice Saidu ordered the remand following the arrangement of Mufa who was alleged to have defrauded a businesswoman Mrs Shefia 0. Niahk of the sum of Fifteen Millon, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Tho sand Naira (N15,766,000.00.
Following his arraignment on the two count criminal charge and his not guilty plea , the prosecutor Mr Henry Obiazi from the ( FCID) Special Fraud Unit , asked the court for a trial date and the remand of the defendant in Police cell pending his trial.
However, the defendant’s lawyer, Mr Adegbenro Adegoke pleaded with the court for a short adjournment to enable him bring a proper application for bail on behalf of the defendant.
Following his plea, Justice Saidu adjourned the matter till December 1st for hearing of the defendant’s bail application and his trial, he further directed that the defendant be remanded at the police Force Criminal Investigation Department, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to the two count charge filed by Mr Henry Obiazi, the defendant, Salami Mufa (male) and others still at large sometimes on or before September and October, 2016 at Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspired amongst themselves to commit felony to ‘ with; Obtaining Money by False Pretences and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related offdnces Act, 2006.
Count two of the charge reads: That you Salami Mufa ‘m’ and others still at large on the same dates, piace and within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtain the sum of Fifteen Millon, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Tho sand Naira (N15,766,000.00i from one Shefia 0. Niahk ‘f‘ and thereby committed an offence punishabie under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee fraud and other Fraud Reiated Offences Act, 2006.