Police arraign estate agent over alleged N182m fraud
The Police have arraigned an estate agent, Mr. Emmanuel Obiajulu Omuojine, before a Lagos High Court, in Ikeja for allegedly defrauding Ojukwu Transport Ltd of various sums of money totaling N182 million.
Police arraigned Omuojine, who was alleged to be Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu’s agent on a 10-count charge before Justice Hakeem Oshodi, which include stealing by fraudulent conversion, obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.
The Police also alleged that, Omuojine and others at large, while operating under the name and style of Omuojine & Associates between 2007 and 2010, conspired to steal money collected as rents from tenants on behalf of Ojukwu Transport Ltd.
The Police also accused Omuojine of forging a document titled “Re: Ojukwu Transport Ltd Properties Under Your Management”, purporting same to have been made by one Stephen Edeh, “Secretary” to Ojukwu Transport Ltd.
The defendant was accused of collecting the sum of N44 million as rent from West African Offshore Ltd on January 22, 2007, on behalf of Ojukwu Transport Ltd, and fraudulently converted the money for his own use and benefit.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and the Police counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson, asked the court to remand him in prison custody and fix a trial date.
But counsel to the defendant opposed the application and urged the court to grant his client bail on self-recognisance.Consequently, Justice Oshodi granted the defendant bail on self-recognisance in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum. The defendant is also to deposit his International Passport with the court.The matter was adjourned to March 12, 2018.
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