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Fraud: EFCC Docks 2 Suspected Fraudsters

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned the duo of Festus Ozemoya and Isaac Ozemoya before Justice G. B. Briki-Okolisi of the State High Court sitting in Effurun, Delta State on a 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy, issuance of dud cheque and obtaining by false pretence.

The petitioner, Jane Alabi alleged that, Festus Ozemoya (the 1st accused person) approached her sometime in April, 2014 to solicit funds to finance a project he allegedly secured with Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) for installation of pumps at Oziegbe Flow Station in Koko, Delta state.

According to Alabi, the accused was given the sum of N12m with an agreement that the said sum would be refunded within seven months.

The petitioner alleged that, the 1st accused person introduced Isaac Ozemoya (the 2nd accused person) to her as his business partner who also secured a contract with NPDC.

Using the same modus operandi, the accused person again swindled the complainant to the tune N12m.

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The victim consequently petitioned the EFCC after efforts to get her money refunded were unsuccessful.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of fraud when it was read to them.

In view of their plea, counsel to EFCC, Sadiq Hussaini, urged the court to fix a date to commence trial.

However, the defence counsel, A. U. Shakaru prayed the court to admit the accused persons to bail pending trial.

Justice Briki-Okolosi, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5m each, and two sureties in sum of N2.5m each. The sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction and must have landed properties which must be verified by the court registrar. The sureties must also depose to affidavit of means with two recent passports attached.

The case has been adjourned to March 16, 2016 for trial while the accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody until their bail conditions are met.

 


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