EFCC arraigns businessman over N252m fraud

Published On: February 22, 2011, 10:45 am
Daniel Bosai
-- Online (m) at 22-02-2011 10:45AM

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned a Lagos-based businessman, Dominic Essien, and his firm, Seed Media Limited, before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for alleged involvement in N252m fraud.

The anti-graft agency arraigned the accused before Justice Bisi Akinlade on a two-count charge of alleged conspiracy to obtain N252m from a telecoms firm, MTN Nigeria, through false pretences.

According to the EFCC, the offence is contrary to section 1(3) and 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2006. But when the two-count charge was read to essien, he pleaded ‘not guilty’.

Lawyer to the accused, Mr. Taiwo Taiwo, urged the court to remand the accused in the EFCC’s custody pending the hearing of his bail application.

But his request was opposed by the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Francis Usani, on the grounds that the prison was the proper place to remand an accused person.

Justice Akinlade, however, remanded the accused in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos and adjourned the matter till March 24.

-- pholake (f) at 22-02-2011 10:49AM
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N252 Million from EFCC? How come? Huh? Huh?
-- goingwithyou (m) at 22-02-2011 11:20AM
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Uhmm passsing by .. c moni for every where in Nigeria .. i need som ooo
-- odprince (m) at 28-02-2013 08:42PM
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you all are afraid of OBJ and his trained boys.....fake EFCC......get those ministers arrested if you are working.............No Electricity in Nigeria,,,,No health care..no road and no water...what is your duty EFCC??