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EFCC arraigns banker over alleged N74m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday, arraigned a banker, Ogunleye Bamidele Ayodele over alleged N74,760 fraud.

Ayodele was made to appear before Justice Hussaini Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

He was specifically accused of obtaining the said sum of money under pretence from the Chief executive officer of Triple A Multi Concept Global Ventures, Auwal Danyaro.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement in Abuja.

He added, “The arraignment of the accused who is facing a nine-count charge, bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, followed a petition to EFCC, by the complainant who alleged that the accused, a Staff and his account officer at First City Monument Bank Plc; approached him with a bait to help him get United States Dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria at a lower exchange rate.

“According to the complainant, he parted with his company’s Triple-A Multi-Concept Global Ventures’ N74, 760,000 (Seventy-Four Million, Seven-Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only), to the accused without the defendant buying the alleged Dollars nor refund his money”.

Orilade said count one of the charge reads: “That you, Ogunleye Bamidele Ayodele on or about the 21st of November, 2017 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of often Million Naira only (10,000,000.000) from one Auwal A Danyaro, the Chief Executive Officer Of Triple-A multi Concept Global ventures being money transferred from his company’s account number 3905025021 with First City Monument Bank Plc to one Ajayi Adeniyi Joshua’s account number 4668460010 with first monument bank based on your instruction as part payment of a total sum of 74,760,000 (Seventy Four Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) under the false pretence that you were going to give him United State Dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria, a fact which you knew to be false and there by committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the advance fee fraud and other fraud related offences act 2006”.

But the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges as the prosecution counsel, Iwebafa Gift Odibo, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending hearing.

Also, the defence counsel, Osuji Udoka Geraldine, told the court about a pending application for bail on behalf of her client.

In his ruling, Justice Hussaini Baba ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kuje Prison and adjourned the matter to May 15, for bail application and May 30, 2019 for hearing.

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