Police Arraigns 3 For Swindling Lagos Speaker, Obasa N9.1M

* Pix source: The Nigerian Voice


 Operatives of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Lagos State Police Command, Panti-Yaba, today arraigned three people before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauded the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, of the sum of N9, 188, 100.

The three men, Frank Nwokobia, 27, Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25, and Godwin Essien, 28, were arraigned before Justice (Professor) Chuka Obiozor, on five count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, identity theft, and fraud.

The three defendants, who were arrested at different locations in Delta State, according to the prosecutor, Barrister William Olu Ologun,  had sometimes in May 2017, hacked the Facebook account of the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly and retrieved several information which they used in withdrawing the sum of N9.188, 100.00 million from his account domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Plc.

The prosecutor informed the court  that the three defendants were arrested in Delta State, after the complainant, Honourable Obasa, petitioned the police that his Facebook account had been hacked and that the sum of N9.188,100 million had been withdrawn from his account by unknown individuals.

He also stated that upon the arrest of the defendants, they voluntary made statement to the offence.

The offences according to the prosecutor are contrary to sections 27(1)(b) and 22(2)(b)(ii) of Cybercrimes Prohibition  and Prevention Act, 2015.

The three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Upon their pleas of not-guilty, their lawyer, Mr. Ali Abba, pleaded with the court to admit his clients to bail in a liberal terms.

Ali told the court that his clients have credible sureties, and that they will always attend court for their trial.

Ruling in the bail application, Justice (Professor) Obiozor, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N5 million with one surety each.

The judge ordered that the sureties who must be recommended by the defendants’ lawyer, must be resident in Lagos State, with landed property and three year tax clearance certificates.

The judge also stated that the landed property title documents and tax  clearance certificates  must be verified by the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR).

Justice Obiozor also ordered that the three defendants be remanded at the Ikoyi facility of Nigerian Prison Service, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.


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