BDC Operator In Court for Alleged N156m Theft

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A Bureau De Change (BDC), Atoyebi Lateef Bamidele, a.k.a. Bam-Bam, was today, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on charges of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and stealing of N157m, belonging to traders in Alaba, Lagos.

Bamidele who operated with the name Prosocial International Limited, was arraigned before the court by the officers of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.

His arrest and arraignment was sequel to a petition written to the police by Barrister Mejulu Henry, lawyer to the defrauded traders.

Arraigning the BDC operator, the prosecutor, S. O. Ayodele, told the court that the defendant and others now at large, between December 2022 and January 2023, obtained the total sum of N157, 206 million, with false pretence of getting the United States dollars equivalent.

Precisely, the defendant was said to have collected the money from the traders representatives.

The defendant was alleged to have diverted his purse and used the money for his personal purposes.

The defendant’s alleged unlawful acts, according to the prosecutor, contravened sections 8(a) and 1(1)(c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related offences Act; CAP A8 Vol 1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

The prosecutor also told the court that offence of the stealing against the defendant contravened Section 383 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C 38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and
punishable under section 390 (9) of the same Act.

However, the defendant, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of the defendant’s not guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him till the determination of the charges.

But the lawyer to the defendant, Mr. E. A. Alafin, told the court that he has filed his client’s bail application and same has been served of the prosecution.

He urged the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms. The application was vehemently opposed on the ground that he need to read through the application and file his response accordingly.

Consequently, Justice Aluko, adjourned the matter till October 5, for hearing of the defendant’s bail application.

The judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services NCoS, till the adjourned date.

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