A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice (Professor) Chuka Obiozor on Tuesday ordered the remand of one Mrs Uju Peace Izuogu and Richard Owegie, who were arraigned before the court over alleged N162 million fraud, pending when their bail application will be heard.
Uju and Richard alongside their company, Reoworld Enterprises Limited, were arraigned before the court by the anti-fraud unit of Nigeria Police Force, Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Milverton Ikoyi, Lagos on charges bordering on conspiracy, false representation and fraud.
According to the change number fHC/L/295c/17, the two accused person, who operate as Bureau De Change Operators, between January and May, 2016,were alleged to have conspired among themselves and obtained the sum of N162 million from a lawyer, Nwosu Maduabuchi, under false representation that they have US Dollars equivalent for immediate sell and promise to help transfer for the lawyer’s clients in Dubai and China, for international business transaction.
The SFU also alleged that the second accused, Richard, aided the first accused, Uju, to obtained the said N162 million from the Complainant (Barrister Nwosu), who sourced the money from his different clients and allow his Diamond Bank account to be used to receive and retain the money and later diverted and disbursed it to third parties on the instructions of the first accused.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, Mr. E. A. Jackson, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) are contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a) and 1(3), and 1(a) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2014.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, attempt by their lawyer, E. E. Okoli, to move their bail application hit the rock, as the presiding judge, ordered that the case file be returned to the administrative judge, owning to the fact that vacation will end in three days and that he may not be able to adjudicate on the bail application.
Consequently, the judge ordered that the first accused, Uju Peace Izuogu, be remanded at the female section of the Kirikiri Prison, while the second accused be remanded at Ikoyi Prison, pending the re-assignment of the case file to the substantive judge.