Court orders arrest of foreigners over alleged N9.4b fraud
A Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered arrest of two businessmen, Nabil Edmond Maukarzel and Halawi Fidaa, for allegedly refusing to appear before it to take their pleas in an alleged N9.4 billion fraud case.
Maukarzel, a Lebanese and Fidaa, a French national, were accused by prosecutors from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of obtaining the sum of N9,442, 788,578.93 from Ecobank of Nigeria Limited under false pretences.
The police, after concluding their investigation, filed a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing against the foreigners before Justice Daniel Osiagor.
Marked FHC/L/260C/2021, the charge was signed by two police prosecutors, Williams Tijani and S. O. Ayodele.
The charge reads: “That you Nabil Maukarzel ‘m’, Halawi Fidaa ‘m’ and others now at large sometimes in the year 2014 at Apapa Lagos, Nigeria within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria conspired among yourselves to commit felony to wit: obtaining the sum of N9,441,824,102.14 kobo from Ecobank of Nigeria Limited under the pretence that you are using the said sum to import goods to Nigeria.”