Subscribe to download or copy our content
6.1 C
Alba Iulia
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

HELP US BRING YOU NEWS THAT MATTERS

Olalegbin Christopher, suspected internet fraudster wanted by FBI arrested in Nigeria

Must Read

PAINFUL: Elijah Cummings is no more

U.S. Democratic House of Representatives Elijah Cummings has died, his office said in a statement on...

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa expected to pick up at slower pace, IMF says and suggests solutions

Growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to pick up at a slower pace than projected earlier...

Nigeria’s central bank governor Godwin Emefiele believes digital currency only good for terrorists and money launderers

The Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, believes a digital currency is bad for...
Today News Africa
Today News Africa
TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. is Africa's leading newspaper in the United States. Our media house is registered and headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia. Our Twitter handle is @todaynewsafrica and our email is contactus@todaynewsafrica.com

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday, September 19, 2019 arraigned a suspect Olalegbin Christopher alongside his firms, Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited and Gelbin Technology Limited, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a two-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of 22 million naira, an offence contrary to Section 332(1) of the CriminalLaw of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant was arrested during a collaborative operation by the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, for his alleged involvement in illegal internet activities.

The defendant also allegedly used his companies to receive and conceal the proceeds of his criminal activities.

Court documents read: “That you, Olalegbin Christopher, Olatunji Olalegbin Mary (at large), Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited, Gelbin Technology Limited and others still at large, between 2015 and 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this  Honourable Court, conspired to collaborate in the concealing and disguising the genuine nature and ownership of the aggregate sum of N22, 239, 869.79k (Twenty Two Million, Two Hundred and Thirty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty-nine Naira, Seventy-nine Kobo only)being money received and derived from your illegal internet activities.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, M.K. Bashir, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the determination of the case.

However, counsel to the defendant, Abimbola Akeredolu,SAN, informed the court that a bail application had been filed and served on prosecution.

Akeredolu also told the court the prosecution had responded to the affidavit. She, therefore, urged the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Bashir, told the court that a counter-affidavit had been filed and served on the defence, where he opposed the prayer of the defendant.

The prosecution counsel further described the defendant as a flight-risk, adding that “The defendant, while making statement in the EFCC office, tried to move money from his Zenith Bank account through his phone and also wiped all the information on his phone.”

The prosecutor also informed the court that the defendant’s mum, who aided him in perpetrating the crime, could not found. “My Lord, the defendant too may also abscond like his mum.

“ He  is 26 years old and has never worked anywhere; yet,he acquired a 2019 model Porche car worth N120million and  a 2015 model Merzedes Benz  car worth N75million,” he further submitted.

The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the court not to grant the defendant bail.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties, said “the offence is a
bailable one.”

 The Judge, therefore, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million, with two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties must be a level 16 officer with the Lagos State government, while the other must be a relation of the defendant resident in Lagos.

The Judge also directed that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the EFCC, while evidence of identification of the sureties must be provided to the court.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 18 and 23,2019 for commencement of trial and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

In a related development, another suspected internet fraudster, Ani John Chukwuebuka, was arraigned by the EFCC on Thursday, September19, 2019 before Justice Taiwo on a two-count charge bordering on making false  statement to a public officer and destruction of evidence.

The defendant was arrested during a recent collaborative operation by the EFCC and the FBI.

 One of the counts reads: “That you, Ani John Chukwuebuka,on or about the 2nd day of August, 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,  with intent to cause Adenike Sanni, a public officer and an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from performing her duty as an investigator, gave Adenike Sanni false MTN phone number 08032558370 as your own personal number and thereby caused her to omit to investigate the MTN telephone number which Adenike Sanni ought not to have omitted, if the true facts concerning the phone were known to her.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC.

 In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, C.R. Edozie, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the determination of the case.

However, the defendant’s lawyer informed the court that an application for bail had been filed and served on the prosecution, adding that “ the prosecution is yet to respond.”                            

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Edozie, told the court that prosecution Intended to oppose the application and would respond. “My Lord, we are still within the time stipulated by the Law to respond to such an application,” he added.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 2, 2019 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendant to be remanded in Ikoyi prison.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Read also

Airtel Africa announces mobile financial services partnership with Ecobank

Airtel Africa, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 14 countries across Africa, and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ("ETI"), the parent company of Ecobank the...

Putin’s full remarks: Russia offers better opportunities for Africa than U.S., China and the rest

In a speech he delivered on Wednesday in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, told thousands of African leaders, including at least...

In pictures, Russia-Africa summit in Sochi

Ее Превосходительство Амани Абу-Зеид|H.E. Amani Abou-ZeidАндрей Слепнев|Andrey SlepnevАндрей Костин|Andrey KostinАндрей Слепнев|Andrey SlepnevИрина Абрамова|Irina AbramovaМаксим Орешкин|Maxim OreshkinМаксим Орешкин|Maxim OreshkinДмитрий Кобылкин|Dmitry KobylkinДмитрий Кобылкин|Dmitry...

Rising Russia welcomes African leaders for Russia-Africa summit in Sochi as U.S. takes back seat

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday will welcome dozens of African leaders to the Russia-Africa summit holding in the Black Sea...

What Africa can gain by cooperating with Russia – Opinion by Benedict Oramah

For most of its post-independence period, Africa’s trade and economic partnerships were largely dominated by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner