N313.2m Fraud: Court Issues Bench Against Four Suspects

Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Thursday, ordered the arrest of four suspects named in alleged N313.2 million fraud perpetrated by a 10-man gang, whose arraignment are pending before a Federal High Court, Lagos.
Justice Rabiu-Shagari made the order following a bench warrant application by the prosecution against the four suspects and their sureties.
Those ordered to be arrested by the court are: Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu Anyanwu, 50: Agboola Rasheed Gbade,  67: Nkechi Nwafor, 43: and Larry Balogun Otunba, 51.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, the prosecutor, Maroof Animashaun, applied to for bench warrant against the the fifth, sixth, seventh and eight defendants.
Animashaun told the court that the listed suspects have been served with the charge, and duly informed of their pending arraignment.
He said the bench warrant application against the four suspects and their sureties, is pursuant to section 113 and 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (ACJA).
The presiding judge, Justice Rabiu-Shagari, while issueing the bench warrant against the four suspects, ordered the prosecution to separate the charge, so that the plea of the first to fourth defendants who have been in police custody for over four months could be taken.
The judge ordered the separation of the charge, following an application made to the court by their lawyers, Akeem Balogun and Bala Usman.
The judge therefore adjourned the matter till Friday, for the arraignment of the first to fourth defendants.
Those named listed in the charge marked FHC/L/327c/17, are: Akala Anthony, 49: Umar Ali, 61: Saidi Oke, 43: Bashir Mohammed, 44: Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu Anyanwu, 50: Agboola Rasheed Gbade,  67: Nkechi Nwafor, 43: and Larry Balogun Otunba, 51.
while the two firms are: Grantland Investment Nigeria Limited and Abroad Development Foundation.
However, among the 10 suspects, only four namely :Akala Anthony: Umar Ali: Saidi Oke: Bashir Mohammed, were brought to court by the police on Tuesday, while Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu Anyanwu: Agboola Rasheed Gbade, Nkechi Nwafor: and Larry Balogun Otunba, were said to have jumped bail.
In the charge, the police alleged that all the defendants and others now at large, had on June 15, 2017, at Lekki, Lagos, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the sums of N313.200 million from one Austin  Albert,  under the pretence of assisting him to buy $1 million USD.
The offences according police are contrary to sections 8(b) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.igp idris
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