Alleged N2.9bn Fraud: Court Adjourns Arraignment of Bizman, Kenneth Ndubisi
A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed January 29, 2020, for the arraignment of a businessman, Kenneth Ndubuisi Amadi, and his company, Idid Nigeria Limited, over alleged N2.9 billion fraud.
The arraignment which was formerly scheduled for today, by Justice Mohammed Liman, was further adjourned till January 29, due to the ongoing Christmas and New year vacations being observed by all Federal High Court in Nigeria.
The Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) had filed five count charges against Amadi and his company, Idid Nigeria Limited, for allegedly obtained N2.9 billion by false pretence from a petroleum company.
Their offences according to the AGF contravened Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, Cap A6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
It also contravened Section 435 of the Criminal Code Cap C38 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under same Act.
It would be recalled that the schedule arraignment was earlier fixed for November 28, 2019 but following the absence of defendants, the court adjourned to January 8,2020.
The chief state counsel from the Department of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mr. A. K. Alilu, had told the court that it had been difficult to serve the defendants a copy of the charge.
However, the counsel to the defendants, Barrister Emeka Etiaba, told the court that he and his clients were not opposing arraignment and trial and that he had spoken to the prosecutor to avail him a copy of the charge on behalf of the defendants.
The prosecutor therefore served Etiaba a copy of the charge and Justice Liman subsequently adjourned the case for arraignment.