An octogenarian, Fasasi Adebambo was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos for alleged N20.7 million fraud.
Adebambo, 84, was arraigned before Justice Akintayo Aluko alongside one Ojobaro Kayode charged with conspiracy and false pretences.
The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), which arraigned the defendants, alleged that they obtained the said amount from Dr. and Mrs. Mbeledogu under the pretext of selling them a property at Maryland area of Lagos State.
PSFU prosecutor, Henry Obiaze, told the court that defendants allegedly committed the offence between January and February 2020.
He told the court that the offences committed by the defendants are contrary to Section 8 (a) and 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 3 of the same Act.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following their not guilty plea, the prosecutor, asked the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand them in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) pending the conclusion of the charges against them.
But counsel to the defendants Yinka Farounbi appealed to the court not to remand the defendants due to the age of the first defendant.
He said they intend to file their bail applications while undertaking to produce them in court at the next adjourned date.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Aluko, granted the defence counsel’s request and released the two defendants to their lawyer.
He adjourned the matter till June 28, for hearing of their bail applications and trial.
The charges against the two defendants read: “That you Fasasi Odubola Adebambo ‘m’ and Ojobaro Lawal Kayode ‘m’ sometimes between the months of January and February, 2020 at Maryland did conspire together to commit felony to wit; Obtaining Money by False Pretences and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
“That you Fasasi Odubola Adebambo ‘m’ and Ojobaro Lawal Kayode ‘m’ sometimes between January-February, 2020 at Maryland, did by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtain the sum of N20. 700 million from Dr. and Mrs. Mbeledogu on the pretence that you have a property at Maryland which you want to sell to them and which you also know to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and punishable under Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”
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