Court Remands Oil Marketer, Florence Onojame, Over Alleged N4.4bn Fraud

For alleged conspiracy and fraudulently obtained #4.4 billion, an oil marketer, Florence Onojame has been arraigned before a Lagos Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja.

Onojame was arraigned yesterday alongside his company, Emee Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited before Justice Mojisola Dada by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation of fraudulently obtaining #4.4 billion. 

The EFCC alleged that defendants with others at large  allegedly conspired to defraud Access Bank PLC the sum of N4,380,100,000  which sum she fraudulently transferred via Primusplus, an electronic banking platform of Access Bank and further transferred the said sum to other accounts domiciled with the bank.

The anti-graft stated that Onojame conspired with Chris Nnaji (Convicted) and Captain Robert Aboh, Emenike Vincent Ebulu and Nuhu Amanabo who were at large sometimes in February 2022 committed the offence.

Emee Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited was alleged of retain the control of the sum of N100,000,000 its Access Bank account with the name Emee O/G Nigeria Limited, transferred from Total Energy Nigeria Limited Corporation account, which she knew to be proceed of criminal activities.

Their offence contrary to the provision of section 409, 278, 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and punishable under same law.

Part of the charge read that, “Onojame florence and Emee Oil &Gas Nigeria Limited sometimes in February 2022 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court stole the sum of N4,380,100,000 which sum you fraudulently transferred via Primusplus an electronic banking platform of Access Bank Using Emee C/G Nigeria Limited login details and further transferred the said sum into several accounts domiciled with the bank.

She however pleaded not guilty to the three counts charge.

Following her plea, the prosecution counsel, Fatai Mohammed prayed the court for a trial date and for the remand of the defendant at a Nigerian Correctional Centre. 

The defendant counsel, Williams Onate, however prayed the court that a bail application for his client had been filed before the court and also served on the prosecution. 

“We will be praying for a short adjournment for the hearing of the bail application and that the defendant be ordered to remain in the custody of the EFCC.”

But Justice Dada declined his request, ordered that the defendant be remanded at a Ikoyi Correctional Centre and adjourning to October 10, 2023 for the hearing of the bail application.