Men of the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigerian Police Force, Milverton Road, Ikoyi Lagos have arraigned a 45-year old man, Akinyemi Sunday Olusegun, for allegedly defrauding Fan Milk Nigeria Plc and the Ibadan North-West Local Government Council to the tune of N17 million.
The accused who was arraigned before Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos, is facing a four-count charge of forgery, obtaining money under false pretence and fraudulent conversion, offences contrary to section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud And other Related Offences Act, 2006.
Akinyemi Sunday Olusegun and other persons now at large were alleged to have between 2012 and 2016 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, with intent to defraud, obtained N17 million from Fan Milk Nigeria Plc as payment for tenement rate with the pretext of remitting the money into the coffers of Ibadan North-West Local Government Council, a representation he knows to be false, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud And Other Related Offences Act, Cap2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same law.
The defendant at the same time and place was also alleged to have fraudulently forged several letters of Authority and demand notices bearing letter headed papers of Ibadan North-West Local Government Council, knowing same to be false, with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine, to the prejudice of Fan Milk plc, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) (a) and (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the federation.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge while his counsel Mr Nicholas Akabueze urged the court to grant him bail.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka adjourned the matter till 18 October, 2017 for trial and granted bail to the accused in the sum of N20m illion with two sureties who must be civil servants.
One of the sureties must be of the rank of an Assistant Director, while the other should be a civil servant not below level 14.
The judge further ordered that both sureties should submit copies of their letter of promotion with two recent passport photographs to the court while documents submitted must be verified by the court Deputy Registrar.