Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Court Remand Offa Poly Lecturer Over Financial Scam As Efcc Arraign Developer For Alleged Fraud Olusegun Ariyo


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A State high court sitting in Kwara state has remanded a lecturer with federal Polytechnic in Offa  with name Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu for obtaining money under false pretence, defrauding members of the public with a promise to secure jobs for unemployed in Offa polytechnic.

He was arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye with a nine court charge bordering on employment scam and obtaining money under false pretence by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on October 29, 2019.


The defendant, who teaches in the Accounting Department at the polytechnic, allegedly defrauded many job seekers, on the pretext of helping them secure employment at the institution.

Count one of the charge reads, "That you Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu between June and July 2018 at Offa, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N600,000.00 (Six hundred thousand naira) from one Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi under false pretence that you were in charge of employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi and his wife,  Amubiaya Remi Janet which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006"

Count nine of the charge reads "That you,  Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu  between December 2018 and February 2019 at Offa within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N550,000.00 (five hundred and fifty thousand naira) from one Mustapha Kabir by a false pretence that you were in charge of employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and you obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Mustapha Kabir and his wife,  Jimoh Ganiyatu which the representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act,  No 14, 2006"


In a statement obtained from a verified facebook account of the commission said; the 36- year-old Lecturer "pleaded not guilty" when the charges were read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, A.A Adebayo urged the court to fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution to prove its case, and order the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service custody.
The counsel to the defendant, however, moved an oral application for the bail of the defendants

Justice Oyinloye, however, asked the defence to present a written application and adjourned the hearing to November 7, 2019.

The Judge also ordered the remand of the defendant in Mandala Correctional facility, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

Meanwhile, the commission had also arraigned one Joseph idakho alongside his company before justice D.Z Senchi of the federal capital territory high court  for alleged conspiracy, forgery and criminal breach of trust.

He was alleged to have defrauded one Hajiya Halima Babangida in a real estate development, a transaction that went awry.

In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission  (EFCC), Babangida said she entered into an agreement with the defendant’s company for the development of six units of detached houses of five bedrooms each, including boys quarters, at Plot, 2398 AO6, Cadastral Zone, Maitama District, Abuja, with her contribution being the land, while the defendant was to bear other costs of development.

She claims that they had agreed to share the property equally at the end of development but discovered, to her chagrin, that the defendant commenced the sale of the property even before completion without her knowledge or approval.

Irked by this development, she allegedly probed further and discovered that Idakwo and one Aliyu Dasuki conspired and forged her signature on the documents which they used in selling the houses.


One of the counts read: “That you, Joseph Idakwo and Zamtrac Management and City Investment Ltd sometime in October 2017 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entrusted with dominion over the landed  property at Plot 2398 A06 Cadastral Zone Maitama District, Abuja committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you sold part of the property to Suleiman Mohammad Chiroma in violation of paragraph 3.2.6 of the Property Development Agreement made on 20th January 2017 between Hajiya Halima Babangida and Zamtrac Management and City Investment Ltd and you thereby committed an offence contrary to, and punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code Law”.

After the charges were read, the defendant pleaded not ‘guilty’ to all the charges. The prosecuting counsel, Offem I. Uket, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in Nigerian Correctional Service custody, pending the commencement of trial.

 But the defence counsel, J. A. Atanawhemera, moved an oral bail application for his client.

Justice Senchi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1, 000,000. (One Million Naira),  with two sureties, who must have landed properties in Abuja, with Certificate of Occupancy.
                              
 He said the sureties must be residents of Abuja, and adjourned the matter to January 16, 2020, for trial.

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