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EFCC docked businessman for alleged N25m fraud 


EFCC docked businessman for alleged N25m fraud 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has docked a man before Lagos offences court sitting in Ikeja on Friday, December 11, 2020, on three counts charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N25m.

Counsel to the EFCC, Abdullahi Mohammed, told Justice Sherifat Solebo that the defendant obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

Mohammed said that Kelechi Mbagwu and his company CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Ltd committed the offence between 12 February and 14 September, 2018 in Lagos.

He also said that Kelechi and his company defrauded and obtained the sum of N25 million from Okafor Ameachi Sixtus by falsely representing to him that the two residential plots of land in Pearl Garden Estate, Sangotedo, Lagos he gave to him is genuine which is a false representation.

But both defendants denied all the allegations preferred against them.

Consequently, prosecution counsel urged the court to remand the first defendant in the custody of EFCC on the ground that he is still having up to 13 different cases into the tune of N2.3bn.

Counsel to the defendant, R.A Aladesonmi, informed the court of his intention to file motion for bail. This is because the offence for which the defendants were charged is a bailable one.

The trial judge in her short ruling ordered that the first defendant be remanded in the custody of EFCC pending any application bail.

Justice Solebo later adjourned the case to 2nd of February, 2021 for trial.




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