Men of the Zone 2 Command of the Nigeria Police, Onikan, Lagos, today, commenced the trial of a 44 year-old man, Kalu Ogbogu Dike, who was alleged to have defrauded two Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators of the sum of N93 million, before a Federal High Court, Lagos.
Those allegedly defrauded by the defendant are: Danladi Ibrahim and Alhaji Ismaila Isa.
The defendant and others now at large, according to the police prosecutor, Mr. Justin Enang, had on July 27, 2017, approached the BDC operators at about 5 20 p.m., on Airport Road, Ikeja, and obtained the sum of $297, 000, with the pretence of given them the Naira equivalent.
The prosecutor alleged that the defendant upon collecting the money failed to remit the Naira equivalent to the BDC operators.
He also told the court that following the failure of the defendant to fulfill his promise, the BDC operators petitioned the police and the defendant was consequently apprehended and charged to court on charges bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under falls pretence, fraud, and stealing.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and admitted to bail
At the resumed trial of the defendant today, one of the BDC operators, Danladi Ibrahim, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr. Enang, told the court how the defendant came to them and promised to give them the sum of N93 million if they can provide him $297 000 United State Dollar.
The witness also told the court that the defendant after collecting the said dollars became evasive and failed to returned the money received from them.
Meanwhile, Justice Ayotunde Family has adjourned the matter till Friday, for continuation of trial.
Count of the charge against the defendant reads: “that you Kalu Ogbogu Dike and others now at large sometimes, on the 27’ll July, 2017, at about 1720 hours, in Airport Road, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, conspired to commit felony to wit: obtaining property by false pretence, and stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap C38, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
And count 2 reads “That you Kalu Ogbogu Dike and others now at large on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of $297,000 USD (Two Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand US Dollars) from Danladi Ibrahim ‘M’ and Alhaji Ismaila Isa ‘M’ on the representation to them that you will pay them the equivalent sum of N93, 000,000.00 (Ninety Three Million Naira), a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (l) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, Cap A6 Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
While the third count reads: ” that you Kalu Ogbogu Dike and others now at large on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, did steal the sum of $297,000 USD (Two Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand US Dollars), property of Danladi Ibrahim ‘M’ and Alhaji Ismaila Isa ‘M’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap C38, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004″.