Agada alongside her co-accused were arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan led-cour, on court on July 31, by Men of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Force Headquarters, Abuja, for allegedly defrauded a Bureau De Change (BDC) Operator, Murtala Haruna Usman of the sum of N72 million, under the false pretence of exchanging the money to $200, 000 US Dollars.
All the six accused persons were charged on a nine-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, false representation, unlawful conversion, fraud, intent to cheat and false information.
Arraigning the accused before Justice Hassan, the prosecutor, ACP Jibrin, had informed the court that the accused persons 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 had 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 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 handover 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 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.
The matter has been adjourned till September 24, for commencement of trial.
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