Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today, ordered the arrest of an Insurance Marketer and a mother of three, Nneka Rita Chidiebere Okeke, who failed to appear before the court to stand trial over alleged multi-million naira fraud charge made against her by the police.
The court presided over by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, made the order for arrest of the woman, while granting a motion exparte filed by the police for her arrest.
The police through its lawyer, Henry Obiazi, Legal Officer, Force CID, Annex, Alagbon Lagos, said the order for the issuance of Warrant for the arrest of the Defendant is pursuant to sections 113 and 114 Of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
In urging the court to grant the motion exparte marked FHC/L/191c/19, Obiazi, the Legal Officer, Force CID, Alagbon, Lagos, said the defendant is a Marketing Staff of Royal Exchange Prudential Life Plc and collects premium from clients on behalf of the company running into millions of Naira including clients introduced to her by her Husband and escaped to the United States of America with her husband, Mr. Nnaemeka Charles Okeke and the company’s money.
Obiazi also told the court that the Defendant forged the signature of her husband and used the forged document to deceived the Royal Exchange company to transfer the money in the husband’s account to her friend’s bank account which she collected from her friend and abandoned her children and escaped to the United States of America (USA).
He also told the court that the defendant forged the signature of her husband on an affidavit for the loss of document which she used to defraud the Royal Exchange Prudential Life Plc and escaped to the United States of America abandoning her three children.
He also informed the court that defendant’s husband was her guarantor at her place of employment before she commit the alleged crimes and plans are on the way by the company to arrest him if he cannot produce his wife and this may cause more hardship for the three children she abandoned.
Obiazi told the court that from the facts as stated, there is need for warrant of arrest to be issued against the Respondent.
Upon listened to the submission of the police lawyer, Justice Oguntoyinbo held: “I have listened to the submission made by the applicant as well gone through the exhibits attached with the application.
“The application is succeed and same is granted”.
Pending charge against the marketer reads: “that you Nneka Rita Chidebere Okeke ‘F’ and others stall at large sometimes in June, 2017 at Royal Exchange Prudential life plc office at Marina in the Lagos Judicial Division of this Honourable court did conspired together to commit Felony to wit; Obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 8 (a) of the Advance fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Count two reads: “that you Nneka Rita Chidiebere Okeke ‘F’ and others at large, on the same date place and in the aforementioned Judicial Division did by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtain the sum of One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira from Royal Exchange Prudential Life Plc and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Count Three reads: “that you Nneka Rita Chidlebere Okeke ’F’ Sometimes in June 2017 at the Royal Exchange Prudential life Plc Office in Marina In the Lagos Judicial Division did with intent to defraud forge the signature of one Okeke Nnaemeka Charles ‘M’ on a letter for Application of transfer of Funds from Royal Exchange Prudential Life Pl: to the Bank Account of one Rita Alaoma and thereby committed an offence Punishable under section 4670f the Criminal Code Act, cap c38 LFN 2004”.
Count four reads: “that you Nneka Rita Chidiebere Okeke ‘F’ on the 24th day of May, 2017 at lkeja High Court in the Lagos Judicial Division of this Hon. Court did forge an Affidavit for the loss of Document dated 24 May 2017 and signed by a Notary Public with intent that
Charles Okeke that it may be acted Upon as genuine to the prejudiced of one Nnaemeka Charles Okeke and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 467 Criminal Code Act, cap C38 Law of the Federation, 2004”.