84-yr-old arraigned for alleged N20.7m Fraud

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Men of Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) today, arraigned an 84 year-old man, Fasasi Odubola Adebambo, before a Lagos Federal High Court, on charges bordering alleged Conspiracy and N20.7 million fraud.

Adebambo was arraigned before Justice Akintayo Aluko alongside one Ojobaro Lawal Kayode in a charge marked FHCL/230c/2021.

The dou were alleged to have obtained the said amount from Dr. & Mrs. Mbeledogu, under false pretense of selling a property at Maryland area of Lagos State, to them.

PSFU prosecutor, Barrister Henry Obiaze, told the court that the two defendants alleged of committing the offences between the months of January a s February 2020.

He told the court that the offences committed by the defendants are contrary to Section 8 (a) and 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 3 of the same Act.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following their plea of not guilty, the prosecutor, Mr. Obiaze asked the court for a trial date, as well urged the court to remand them in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) pending the conclusion of the charges against them.

But their counsel, Yinka Farombi, while not objecting to the trial date as requested by the prosecutor, however, appealed to court not to remand the defendants, due to the age of the first defendant, till when he will file their bail applications.

Farombi also undertake to produce them in court now till the determination of the charges against them.

Ruling on counsel’s submissions, Justice Aluko, granted the defence counsel request and released the two defendants to their lawyer. While adjourned the matter till June 28, for hearing of their bail applications and trial.

The charges against the two defendants read: “that you Fasasi Odubola Adebambo ‘m’ and Ojobaro Lawal Kayode ‘m’ sometimes between the months of January—February, 2020 at Maryland within the jurisdiction of this Hon. Court did conspire together to commit felony to wit; Obtaining Money by False Pretences and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

“That you Fasasi Odubola Adebambo ‘m’ and Ojobaro Lawal Kayode ‘m’ sometimes between January-February, 2020 at Maryland within the jurisdiction of this Hon. Court did by False Pretence and with intent to defraud obtain the sum of Twenty Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N20,700,000.00) from Dr. & Mrs. Mbeledogu on the pretence that you have a property at Maryland which you want to sell them and which you also know to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and punishable under Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”

 

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