Alleged N1bn Fraud: Court Orders Police To Produce DPP Advice
A Lagos Magistrate Court sitting at Ebute-Metta, has order the men of Zone 2 Command of the of Nigeria Police, Onikan Lagos, to produced an advice issued by the state Director of Public Prosecution, in a N1 billion suit filed by the police against the former Managing Director of an aviation fuelling company, Star Orient Nigeria Limited, Dare Osamo and two others.
Magistrate A.A Oshoniyi ordered the police prosecutor, Jimoh Joseph, to funished court with the DPP advice on a petition that ordered the arraignment Osamo, a lawyer, Ayoola Olore Abisola and Hussaina Abdulkadir.
The Chief Magistrate queried the prosecution for not notify court of the DPP advice on the petition and asked the prosecutor responded in affirmative, that DPP advice said they have case to answer but to be charge at the high Court.
The trio were arraigned on four counts charge bordering on forgery and stealing.
They pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
Following their plea of not guilty, Magistrate (Mrs) Oshoniyi admittted them to bail in the sum of N5 million with two responsible sureties in like sum and one of them must be blood relative.
She further ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, must provide details of their residential address and evidence of tax payment to the State.
Earlier, counsel to the first to third defendants, Messers Adebayo Fasuyi, Adejo Mordecai, prayed the court to grant them bail on liberal terms. They submitted that their client have never missed appointments with the police and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC during the period of investigation. Noted that second defendant, a lawyer was called from her place of work at the police station early in the morning like wise the third defendant.
They said the prosecution granted them administrative bail and since 2018, they have not jump bail.
Part of the charge read against the defendants reads: “that you Dare Osamo (m) Ayoola Olore Abisola 30 (f) and Hussaina Abdulkadir (f) and others at large , sometimes between the year 2016 and 2019 at Star Orient Nigeria Limited at JUH12, Muritala Mohammed Airport , Ikeja Lagos did conspire to commit forgery, obtaining money by false pretense and stealing , thereby committing and Offences punishable under section 411 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015″.