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Court Remands Lagos Businessman over alleged N66 million fraud

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Court Remands Lagos Businessman over alleged N66 million fraud
Written By Dedeigbo Ayodeji Samson
Posted By Town Crier News Nigeria
Published By Fitness Network Communications
A Lagos businessman, Joseph Okwudili Unezugha has been ordered to be remanded  at the Nigerian Correctional Services, over alleged N66 million fraud.
      The presiding Judge, Daniel Osiagor made the order base on his plea of not guilty,after he was arraigned before the court.
   The Police Prosecuting counsel, Justine Enang from the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigerian Police in a  charge filed before the court alleged that the Defendant  and others now at large sometime in January 2022 in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, obtained the sum of N66,000,000 (Sixty Six Million Naira) by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, No. 14, of 2006.
    When the charge was read to him, the Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Consequently, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him in Correctional services while a date should be fixed for trial to commence.
   However,his lawyer, C. O.Abubu told the court that he has file an application for his bail and same has been served on the prosecutor,but Barrister Enang retorted that  he was served in court shortly before the arraignment and would need time to reply to the application.
Consequently, Justice Osiagor adjourned the matter till June 4,2023 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ikoyi correctional services.
      The charge as filed before the court by Police prosecuting counsel, Barrister Justine Enang
  Count one.
“That you Joseph Okwudili Umezugha ‘m’ and others now at large sometime in January 2022 in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, with intent to defraud did conspired to commit felony to wit: obtaining the sum of N66,000,000 (Sixty Six Million Naira) by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, No. 14, of 2006.
Count Two
“That you Joseph Okwudili Umezugha ‘m’ sometimes in January 2022, within the aforementioned judicial Division of the Federal High Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of Sixty Six Million Naira (N66,000,000.00) from one Uchechukwu Umeh Elxor ‘m’ through your bank account  on the representation to him that you are a businessman and owner of Saint Joes International agency Ltd and Jessicas Global International & Suits Ltd, that you want him to partner with you in the business and that the money in question was his counterpart funding contribution to finance the operation of the business, but which representation you knew to be false or did not believe to be true as you subsequently converted the money to your personal use and benefit and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(i)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
Count Three
“That you Joseph Okwualli Umzugha we sometimes In January. 2022, in Lagos State, within the aforementioned judicial Division of Federal High Court, did convert to your own use and benefit, the sum of N66,000,000.00 (Sixty Six  Million Naira) property of One Uchechukwu Umeh Elxor ‘m’, which sum you knew or reasonably ought to have known was the proceed of an unlawful act, to wit, obtaining by false pretences from Uchechukwu Chief Elsor and thereby committed an offerice punishable under Section 15(2b of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011) as Amended.
Count Four:
“That you Joseph Okwudill Umezugha “Hi sometimes In January. 2022, in Lagos State, within the aforementioned judicial division of the Federal High Court, did knowingly forged a document titled: “Lagos State
Certificate of Occupancy” with Registration No. 62 at Page 62 In Volume 2014J dated 10th day of May, 2014 with intent that it may fit in any Way be used or acted upon as genuine whether in Nigeria or Elsewhere to the prejudice of Uchechukwu Umel Elxor ‘m and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous offenses Act Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2014″.

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