Man docked fAn Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday reserved judgement in a case involving one Achie George for alleged conspiracy and forgery until Sept.1. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that George had pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery of documents.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case till Sept.1 to enable the court review the final written address.
The counsel to the EFCC, Nnemeka Omewa, prayed the court to prosecute the defendant, adding that the defendant presented a fraudulent cheque with the intent to defraud.
He said that though the defendant did not succeed in his attempt to commit the crime, the counsel urged the court to punish the defendant for forgery.
However, the defence counsel, Mr Paul Okon in his allocutus, prayed the court to dismiss the charges against the defendant.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday sentenced one Pastor Erinmole Adetokunbo, and one Adedoyin Oyekanmi to death for killing a seven-year-old boy for ritual purposes.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the duo who changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty on Monday.
They convicts were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
According to Lagos State government, the convicts committed the offences on June 7, 2017, at No. 6, Oke Oniburokun St., Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos.
The government said that the duo cut off the child’s head and buried it on a `church’ altar and threw the body into a canal.
The judge held that the case was pathetic, saying that the duo conspired and murdered the child.
“The defendants have committed a heinous crime and deserve no mercy.
“They have cruelly and intentionally killed a seven-year-old boy.
This deprived him and his family of a bright destiny.
“Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State imposes death penalty for premeditated murder, and I have no hesitation in imposing the said punishment.
” I hereby sentence Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinwole Adetokunbo to death for killing Kazeem Rafiu.
May God have mercy on your souls,” she pronounced The News Agency of Nigeria reports that convicts were arraigned on Oct. 30, 2017, on a two-count charge.
They had pleaded not guilty.
On Monday, prosecution counsel, Mrs O.
Bajulaiye, told the court that the defendants were ready to change their pleas.
Defence counsel, Ms Anthonia Otsokwa, did not object to that.
Consequently, the convicts pleaded guilty to the charge.
The court thereafter reviewed the facts of the case, and prosecution counsel urged the court to convict them accordingly.
However, Otsokwa prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that her clients had realised their mistakes and were remorseful.
“We plead with the court to consider a sentence with terms of imprisonment,” she had prayed, , but on Tuesday, the judge imposed the maximum sentence for murder – death by handing – saying that the duo committed heinous crimes.
NAN reports that trial started in the case in 2021, with prosecution calling several witnesses.
The convicts pleaded guilty midway.
Trial of a 23-year-old man, Sedeliu Iziomo, charged with stealing N11.3 million from a new generation bank was on Monday stalled due to absence of his counsel.
Then News Agency of Nigeria reports that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, on July 26, arraigned Iziomo on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo had remanded the defendant at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending determination of his bail application.
On Monday, the EFCC counsel, Mr Nnemeka Omewa, prayed the court for a date for commencement of the trial, following the absence of defence counsel, Mrs Mercy Akabue.
“My lord, the defendant was arraigned at the last date of adjournment and I doubt if the defense had filed bail application before the court.
“In view of no application filed, we shall be asking for a date for the commencement of trial,” Omewa said.
The EFCC had alleged that the defendant conspired with one Jude Alpheous (already charged) on July 12, 2019, to steal the money from the bank.
It also submitted that the defendant had, between July 12, 2019 and July 15, 2019, converted the N11.27 million to his personal use.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
NAN reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 287 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011. Taiwo adjourned the case until Sept. 20 for hearing of bail application.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a middle aged man, Yusuf Olawale, to six months imprisonment for possession of fraudulent documents.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in sentencing the convict, however, gave him an option to pay N150,000 fine.
Delivering the judgment, Taiwo held thus: “I have considered the plea of the defence counsel and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment or a fine of N150,000. “The defendant is to restitute the sum of N200,000 and forfeit iPhoneX and iPhone 6plus to the Federal Government,” the judge ruled.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC), counsel, Mr Nnaemeka Omewa, had on July 22, arraigned Olawale over possession of fraudulent chats in pretext to defrauding his victims.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Korede Oyedele, in his plea, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
Oyedele said that the defendant was a first-time offender, was remorseful and had exhibited good conduct since his arrest on April 29. Oyedele argued that his client had a whole life ahead of him and pleaded for mercy from the court.
Olawale was arraigned on a charge bordering on possession of documents containing false pretence contrary to section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday reserved judgment in the case involving two men: Ogbor Eliot, and Kelvin Chris, charged with attempted N1.8bn oil fraud for Sept.13. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case following the adoption of the final written address of the counsel.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants are standing trial, alongside a company, Danium Energy Services Ltd., on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At Friday’s proceedings, in adopting the final written addresses, counsel to the defendants, unanimously prayed the court to discharge and acquit their respective clients.
They urged the court to hold that the prosecution had not proven the case against their clients beyond any reasonable doubt.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, in adopting his final written address, urged the court to dismiss the arguments of the defence counsel, arguing that they lacked merits and prayed the court to convict the defendants as charged.
“The case against the defendants before your lordship is such that it is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf.
“I urge the court to take into cognisance, the fact that the defendants created an impression that Total Nigeria Plc, issued to the defendants local purchase order, Ref. Nos 330 and 33, for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
“These two local purchase orders gave the impression that Total Nigeria Plc contracted the third defendant to supply to it, 10,000 metric tonnes per each of those LPOs for a particular sum.
“And so, the third defendant, armed with these LPOs, contracted Sterling Bank Plc to finance the purported documents emanating from Total Nigeria Pl “The prosecution has shown to my lord, that the LPOs were forged, and the original of the documents which Total said that the referenced documents in contention, were not issued to the third defendant, ” he said.
EFCC had alleged that the defendants and the company had attempted to fraudulently deceive Sterling Bank Plc into lending them money through a fraudulent scheme.
This was on the pretext to finance Local Purchase Orders (LPO) for 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO, to be supplied to Total Nigeria Plc. The prosecution submitted that the defendants and the company had sometime in February 2016 in Lagos, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst themselves to obtain the sum of N1.8 billion by false pretence from Sterling Bank Plc. EFCC also alleged that the defendants, with intent to defraud, induced Sterling Bank Plc to deliver to Danium Energy Services Ltd., the total sum of N1.8 billion.
It added that it was under the false pretence that Total Nigeria Plc vide Purchase Orders (PO), with Ref. No. 0216330 and 02331 dated Feb.3 2016, contracted Danium Energy Services Ltd to supply 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO in two tranches of 10,000 metric tonnes, each valued at the aggregate sum of N2.3 billion.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution said that the alleged offences contravened Section 1(1) (a) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday discharged and acquitted a couple, Austin and Nnenna Mbonu, charged with N32.5 million fraud.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo gave the judgment on the premise that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendants committed fraud under false pretence.
Taiwo held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and similar bodies should not act as a debt recovery agency.
The judge urged the complainant and all parties involved, ty proceed to a civil court for settlement.
She held that false pretence had not been proven as there was enough evidence that the defendants applied for a loan for their legitimate business.
“There is no evidence of conspiracy that the defendants have admitted that they are owing,” Taiwo said.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Godsent Akhanolu, held brief for Mr Nkeruwem Anana, who had been transferred to another state.
The EFCC had on Jan. 24, 2018, arraigned the couple alongside their companies, Global Steno Nigeria Ltd. and Nestins Global Links Ltd. They were arraigned on a 20-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N32.5 million in which they pleaded not guilty to.
Absence of a prosecution witness on Wednesday stalled the trial of one Abiodun Amusa charged with N88.1 million fraud before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amusa is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting him.
EFCC counsel, Mr Samuel Daji, told the court on Wednesday that prosecution had planned to close its case but its last witness could not make it to the court.
Daji prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable it to present the witness for evidence.
Defence counsel, Mr Olarewaju Ajanaku, did not object to the submission.
NAN reports that the defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was arraigned on Nov. 1, 2021. EFCC alleges that the defendant had between Oct. 24, 2020 and Aug. 20, 2021 in Lagos, retained N88.1 million in his First Bank account which he knew to be proceeds of various internet and cyber crimes.
According to the commission, the alleged offences contravene Sections 1 (3)(d), 6 (8)(b) and 17 (a)(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, 2006. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until Aug. 12 for further hearing.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced a cryptocurrency trader, Shola Henry, to two years imprisonment for stealing N18. 4 million.
Delivering a ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo gave the defendant an option of fine in the sum of N2 million in lieu of serving jail term at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre.
Taiwo held that the court took note of the allocutus of the defence counsel and submissions of the prosecution in sentencing Henry.
The judge ordered the convict to repay the nominal complainant N18.4 million within six months.
She also ordered the forfeiture of defendant’s iPhone to the Federal Government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed an amended seven-count charge against the defendant bordering on stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Ahmed Yerima, submitted that the defendant defrauded his victim of the sum of N18, 4 million in a purported cryptocurrency transaction.
Henry had pleaded not guilty to the charge on arraignment.
Yerima then told the court that the commission received a petition from one of his victims alleging that the defendant defrauded him of the said sum under the guise that he would get 20 per cent return in 60 days.
The prosecution called five witnesses through whom several documentary evidences were tendered against the defendant.
The anti graft agency alleged that he instead of transacting the business, Henry diverted the money for his personal use through his company, Henry Enterprise Concept.
The defence counsel, Mr Adeola Onikosi told the court that his client the was a first time offender and had children who depend on him.
But the EFCC counsel, disagreed with the defence, stating that the defendant was a second time offender.
Yerima also prayed the court to order the defendant to effect restitution to the nominal complainant and for forfeiture of items recovered from him.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 1(1) (a) 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud And Other Related Offences 2006 and 287 (1)(2) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a 22-year-old woman, Mircale Enodano before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for alleged N43.5 million fraud.
Eze is arraigned on eight-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences and theft.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
EFCC counsel Ahmed Yerima alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained N43.5 million from the complainant, Mr Adedoyin Balogun, by inducing him to execute a segregated trading contract agreement to be managed by a broker, Hot Markets Nigeria Ltd as an investment.
Yerima said the defendant had an understanding with the complainant that after six months of the investment, she would give him 60 per cent of the total investment as return, a representation she knew to be false.
The prosecutor said that the defendant committed the offence with SGMX Resources Ltd and Ben Enodano, at large between January and March 2021 in Lagos.
The defence counsel, Mrs Abiodun Adepoju, in her 12 paragraph affidavits on bail application dated July 18, prayed the court to grant her client bail on liberal terms.
Adepoju argued that the defendant had credible family members who were ready to stand as sureties for her.
The EFCC counsel, however, objected to the defendant’s bail application in a counter affidavit dated July 22.
The prosecutor argued that the defendant was being charged with serious crime but he left it at the discretion of the court.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo admitted the defendant to N10 million bail with two sureties in like sum.
Taiwo ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and one of the sureties must be related by blood.
She also added that the residential addresses of the sureties must be verified by the court.
The judge, however said that the defendant would be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending the perfection of her bail and adjourned the case until Sept.13 for trial
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday remanded a 32-year-old man, Sedeliu Iziomo, in a correctional facility for allegedly stealing N11.27 million from Fidelity Bank Plc. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Iziomo is charged with a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo remanded the defendant in Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending his bail application.
Taiwo adjourned the case until Aug. 8 for hearing of bail application.
EFCC Counsel, Mr Nnemeka Omewa, alleged the defendant stole the sum of N11.27 million, property of Fidelity Bank Plc. Omewa told the court that the defendant conspired with one Jude Alpheous (already charged) on July 12, 2019, to steal the money from the bank.
The prosecutor also submitted that the defendant had between July 12 and 15, 2019, converted the N11.27 million to his personal use.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The prosecution urged the court to remand the defendant following his not guilty plea.
The defence counsel, Mrs Mercy Akabue, prayed the court for a shortest date for bail application.
NAN reports that the prosecution said the alleged offences contravened Sections 287 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.