Businesswoman, 5 Others Arraigned For Defrauding BDC Operator Of N72M


Men of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Force Headquarters, Abuja, have arraigned a businesswoman, Chinweze Agada and five men, for allegedly defrauded a Bureau De Change Operator, Murtala Haruna Usman of the sum of N72 million, under the false pretence of exchanging the money to $200, 000.

The five men arraigned alongside Agada are: Adekunle Ademola, 56, Kupoluyi Adesina, 38, Remi Yusuf, 32, Tessy Olalekan and Yemi Morolani.

All the six accused, were charged on a nine-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, false representation, unlawful conversion, fraud, intention to cheat and false information,

Arraigning the fraud suspects, the Prosecutor, Usman Jibrin, told the court presided over by Justice Sule Hassan that the six accused and others now at large, committed the offence on June 1, 2018, at 22, Olabisi Street, off Association Avenue, Shangisha Lagos.

The police in a charge numbered FHC/L/256c/2018, alleged that the first accused, Chinweze Agada, who operate with a company named Agiers Energy Company Limited, who is the brain behind the fraud, gave her Access Bank account number 0059808015, where Usman paid the N75 million.

And that a bid to perfect the fraud, introduced one Hassan Adamu, (now at large) as her staff in her firm named Agiers Energy Company Limited, to the fraud victim, Usman,

The police also alleged that the businesswoman, in a bid to cover up the fraud, through her lawyers in the law firm of Raw Law Solicitors, wrote a petition to the Police headquarters at Abuja, wherein she alleged the fraud victim, Usman is members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist, which led to his arrest and prosecution by Federal Special Armed Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Also, all the accused persons were allege to have refused to hand over the US Dollars equivalent of the N72 million paid by Usman into Agada’s Access bank Plc account.

The Prosecutor, Jibrin, told the court that the actions of the accused, contravened Sections 1 (1) (a-c) and (2), and punishable under section 1 subsection 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related offences Act 2006.

Jibrin also to the court that the accused’s action is contrary to sections 125 and 385 of Criminal Code Law of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under section 390(2) of the same Act.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following their not guilty pleas, the prosecutor asked the court for a date for trial.

He however, urged the court to remand all the men in the charge in prison custody pending trial, while urged the court to remand the businesswoman in police custody, saying that she is to take them to Lome, the capital of Togo, where she said has her investment for further Investigation.

But lawyers to the accused, pleaded with the court to allow their clients to be in custody of the police pending when their bail applications will be fully filed and heard.

In deciding the next abode of the accused persons pending the next adjourned date, Justice Hassan ordered that all of them be remanded in prison custody, while adjourned the matter till September 24, for trial.

The judge however told lawyers to the accused to approach the court anytime their clients bail applications are ready for hearing


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