Offi cers of Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit (IGP-MU), Abuja, yesterday charged eight persons and two fi rms before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court over alleged N313.
200 million fraud.
Th e 8 persons are; Akala Anthony (49), Umar Ali (61), Saidi OK (43), Bashir Mohammed (44) Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu (50), and Agboola Rasheed Gbade (67).
Th e others are; Nkechi Nwafor (43), Larry Balogun Otunba (51) and two fi rms; Grantland Investment Nigeria Limited and Abroad Development Foundation, were charged with the off ences before Justice Hadiza RabiuShagari.
According to the charge sheet, the defendants and others now at large, were said to have on June 15, at Lekki, Lagos, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the sum of N313.
2million from one Austin Albert, under the pretense of assisting him to buy $1 million.
Th e off ences, according to the prosecutors, Maroof Animashaun, and Babatunde Oloyade, were contrary to Sections 8(b) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Off ences Act, 2006.
Th e scheduled arraignment of the defendants yesterday could, however, not proceed due to the absence of some of the defendants.
While Messrs Anyanwu, Agboola, Nwafor, and Balogun and the two fi rms were present in court, the rest were absent.
Th e prosecutors pleaded with the judge for a short adjournment to enable the police present all the defendants before the court for their pleas to be taken together.
After listening to both parties, Justice Rabiu-Shagari ordered the police to ensure that all the defendants be brought to court on the next adjourned date for their pleas to be taken.
Th e matter has been adjourned to Th ursday, October 12 for arraignment of all the defendants.