N63.8m fraud: Burnt courtroom stalls trial of ex-Fidelity bank staff

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OrijoReporter.com, Ifeyinwa Anthonia Olua

The ongoing trial of a former Marketing Officer of Fidelity bank, Ifeyinwa Anthonia Olua before a Lagos High Court over alleged N63.8million fraud could not hold on Tuesday due to court premises that was burnt down in the violence that trailed the #ENDSARS protest in Lagos State.

Olua is standing trial along with Tochuchwu Anichukwu, Yaddah International Ventures limited and Marketing Machine limited before Justice A A Akintoye.

Justice Akintoye’s court was among the courtrooms that were burnt by hoodlums who hijacked the protest.

Olua’s trial followed a letter written by the Head Investigation, Fidelity bank, Onovae Oghenovo to the Head of Operations, Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) alleging that Ifeyinwa with the active connivance of eight customers fraudulently withdrew the sum of N63.8 million from Jonex Nigeria Limited account number 5080108252.

Following their arrest, the EFCC through its prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo files 11 count criminal charge of conspiracy and stealing against them.

According to the anti-graft body, Ifeyinwa Anthonia Olua, Tochuchwu Anichukwu, Yaddah International Ventures limited, Marketing Machine limited, Nwakwo Pet Ozia, (still at large) and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) on or about the 16th day of February 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court conspired to commit felony to wit stealing.

The defendants were alleged to have on February 16, 2015 with a dishonest intent converted the sum of N32million, property of Jonex Nigeria limited to their personal use.

According to EFCC, the defendants on or about October 23, 2015 with a dishonest intent converted the sum of N10 million personal use, property of Jonex Nigeria limited.

Part of the court paper says that ‘’Ifeyinwa Olua and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) on or about the 30th day of October, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the honourable court with a dishonest intent converted to the use of one Sunday Gbenle the sum of N600, 000 property of Jonex Nigerian Limited’.

‘’Ifeyinwa Anthonia Olua, Tochuchwu Anichukwu, Yaddah International Ventures limited, Marketing Machine limited, Nwakwo Pet Ozia, (still at large) and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) on or about November 11, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court with a dishonest intent converted to your own use the sum of N15 million property of Jones Nigeria Limited contrary to Section 285 (1) of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2011.’’

Specifically, Ifeyinwa Olua and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) were alleged to have on October 14, 2015, with a dishonest intent converted to their personal use the sum of N2.5million property of Jonex Nigeria limited.

‘’Ifeyinwa Olua and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) on or about the 13th day of November, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court allegedly converted to the use of Chinedu Michael Pete the sum of N500,000 property of Jonex Nigeria limited.

‘’Ifeyinwa Olua and Anthony Uhuo (still at large) on or about 24th day of November, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with a dishonest intent converted to the use of one Ojetunde Femi the sum of N200,000 property of Jonex Nigeria limited.

“Ifeyinwa Olua on or about 11th day of November, 2015 in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial division with intent to defraud knowingly forged a fidelity cheque No-21917455 dated the 14th day of October, 2015 which you purported to have been signed by one Uzo-Okafor Jonathan the signatory to the account where the cheque is to be drawn contrary to Section 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.”

No date has been fixed for continuation of trial.

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