EFCC arraigns businesswoman over N21.45m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has arraigned a businesswoman, one Lilian Bisi Kadiri, for N21.45m fraud.

Kadiri was brought before Justice Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday, 11 February 2019 on a one-count bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

It was alleged that Lilian, at various times collected a total sum of N21.45m from her victim with the promise that she was going to help secure jobs for his relatives.

She, however, failed to help secure any job and did not refund any of the money collected.

The count reads in part: “That you, Lilian Bisi Kadiri, between May 2014 and March 2015 within the Abuja judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory obtained the sum of N21,450,000 (Twenty One Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from one Christopher Aneke, which was paid into your Skye Bank account under the false pretence that you are capable of securing employment for his relatives, which pretense you knew to be false, and you hereby committed an offence contrary to Section(1)(a)of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act (2006) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act 2006.”

She pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

In view of her plea, the prosecuting counsel in the person of Yetunde Alabi, prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison and to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

Justice Banjoko, thereafter, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20m and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident in Abuja with landed properties and must show proof of employment in Abuja and three years tax clearance.

The case has been adjourned to March 25, 2019 for trial, and the defendant remanded in Kuje Prison pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.

The EFCC has over time reiterated the fact that it will not condone fraud of any kind with the exemption of no one at any level.

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