Senior Police Officer Docked Over Alleged N128m Fraud

A Senior Police Officer, Jerry Ogunsakin, was today arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on alleged conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and unlawful conversation of the sum of N128 million.

Ogunsakin, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was arraigned before Justice Chukwuejekwu Aneke led-court on the charges by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Lagos.

Arraigning the police officer, the prosecutor, Mr. Chukwu Agwu, who hold the brief of Mr. Justine Enang, of Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on November 15, 2022.

Mr. Agwu told the court that the defendant conspired with Ogbu Patricia a.k.a. Lamba, Michael Babatunde a.k.a Orija, Bolaji Sobande a.k.a. Barr. Onifade, Peter Ben and Alhaja Idris Wada a.k.a. Coker, all said to be at large.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant connived with others at large and fraudlently obtained the sum of N128 million, from a businessman, Esomonu Everest, with false pretence that they have United States Dollars (USD) equivalent to sell.

The police officer was also accused of converting the said sum of N128 million to his personal use.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant’s act, contravened sections 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

He also told the court that the defendant action is contrary to and punishable under Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as Amended in 2012. 

The police officer however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following his not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked for trial date, and also urged the court to him in the correctional facility till the determination of the charge.

His counsel, Mr. Kole Bello, did not oppose the prosecutor’s request.

Consequently, Justice Aneke, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), while adjourned the matter till July 19, for trial.

Earlier, the police have arraigned four men, in relation to the alleged crime before the court sometimes in February this year.

The four men are: Ibikunle Wasiu, John Babatunde,Taiwo Michael Fagbayimu and Pius Irabor, a.k.a. John