Former Lagos deputy gov goes on trial today for alleged fraud

Former deputy governor of Lagos state, Sinatu Ojikutu, will be in the dock in a Federal High Court this morning, charged with N130 million fraud.
Justice Muhammed Yunusa fixed February 6 for the arraignment of Ojikutu after listening to the counsels yesterday at the mention of the case.
Ojikutu is charged on three-counts of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
When the case was mentioned yesterday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Bukola Durojaiye asked for a short adjournment to enable the police put together necessary documents.
The former deputy governor was alleged to have committed the offence in September 2011.
She was alleged to have conspired with one Sampson Ojikutu now at large, to fraudulently obtain the sum of N130 million from one Mr. Cajetan Okekearu.
It was alleged that the money was obtained under the pretence that they had a plot of land to sell at Lekki Phase 1, Victoria Island Lagos.
The complainant was said to have later discovered that their claim of ownership was false, since there was an existing title to the land.
The offences contravene the provisions of sections 1(a) (iii), and 8 (a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, Cap. A6, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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