The EFCC’s prosecution counsel, E. Isah, advised the court docket that the defendant and one different now at giant conspired to commit the offences.…CONTINUE READING
A diabetic affected person, Abdulrahman Raji, has been dragged to court docket.
Abdulrahman Raji was, on Thursday, arraigned by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee earlier than the Lagos State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Ikeja, for allegedly defrauding a person of N26m.
The defendant is going through two counts bordering on conspiracy and fraud most popular towards him by the Anti-Graft Fee.
The EFCC’s prosecution counsel, E. Isah, advised the court docket that the defendant and one different now at giant conspired to commit the offences.
He mentioned the incident occurred between March 20 and 21, 2023.
Isah advised the court docket that Raji fraudulently obtained the sum of N26m from one Olaide Adedapo below false pretences for the acquisition of a Toyota Hilux.
In line with the prosecutor, the offences dedicated contravened Sections 8 (a) 1, (b), and 1 (3), of the Superior Price Fraud Act 2006.
Nevertheless, the defendant, who had been within the EFCC custody since March, pleaded not responsible to the fees towards him.
Following the defendant’s plea, Isah requested the court docket for a trial date in addition to to additionally remand the defendant to the correctional service.
However the defendant’s counsel, N. A. Onah, advised the court docket that the travails of the defendant have been a really lengthy one and that he had been within the EFCC custody since March 2023.
Onah knowledgeable the court docket that the defence had a bail software date November 7, 2023, and had served the EFCC.
The prosecutor confirmed service however left the bail on the discretion of the court docket.
The defence counsel, whereas urging the court docket to listen to the bail software, said that the defendant was an aged man who was sick and had been within the EFCC custody since March.
“He’s diabetic and bodily feeble, I’ve practised for 25 years and I’ve recognized the defendant for 15 years, I can take to supply him,” Onah mentioned.
After listening to the submission and bail software by the defence, the court docket granted the defendant’s bail.
Justice Olarenwaju Ijelu, whereas ruling on the bail software, held that the court docket noticed that the defendant had been within the custody of EFCC since March.
He then granted the defendant bail within the sum of N5m, with two sureties in like sum.
Additionally, Justice Ijelu mentioned one of many sureties have to be a blood relation to the defendant and the 2 sureties have to be residents of Lagos State.
The decide additionally ordered that the sureties should present proof of three years of tax fee to the Lagos State Authorities.
He added that the addresses of the sureties could be verified by the court docket registrars and the chief registrar shall confirm the sureties.
Justice Ijelu adjourned the case until December 11, 2023, for the graduation of trial.
Earlier, when the matter was known as, the EFCC’s counsel, Isah, knowledgeable the court docket that the defendant was from the EFCC’s custody and he had been with them since March.
He mentioned they’d amended info dated November 6, 2023, after which urged the court docket that the cost be learn to the defendant.
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