Nigeria Police Boss, IGP Egbetokun

A 60 year-old woman, Oduonye Uzoamaka, was today, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, over alleged conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence and N20 million fraud.

The defendant was arraigned before Justice Yelim Bogoro, by the officers of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.

The prosecutor, S. O. Ayodele, while arraigning the woman, told the court that she and others, who are now at large, sometimes in 2020, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the sum of N20 million from one, Shittu Ibrahim Aremu, with the pretence of giving him United States’ dollar equivalent.

In particular, the prosecutor alleged that the defendant connived with one Oduonye Gerald, who is now at large to commit the offences. 

The defendant was also accused of laundering and retaining the money, which the police described as ‘proceed of an unlawful act’.

The offences according to the prosecutor, are contrary to 21(a); 18 (2)(d); 20 (a) and 20(b)of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022. And punishable under section 18 (3) of the same Act. 

The prosecutor also told the court that the offence is contrary to section 383 (a) punishable under section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C 38, Laws the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 

The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the each of the counts.

Following her not guilty plea, the prosecutor, asked the court a trial date and under urged the court to remand her till the hearing and determination of the charges.

However, her lawyer, informed the court that he had filed the defendant’s bail application and same has been served on the prosecutor. 

In urging the court to grant his client bail, the lawyer told the court that the offences against his client are bailable ones. He therefore urged the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms.

Justice Bogoro in her ruling, admitted bail to the defendant in sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 14 in government establishment. The judge said the surety must obtain a letter from his office confirming his status.

While the second surety must be a landed property owner within the court jurisdiction

Justice Bogoro, while adjourning the matter till May 27, for trial, ordered the remand of the defendant in the Kirikiri female section of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), Lagos, till the perfection of the bail terms.