Police Arraigns Lawyer Over N15m Fraud

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A Lagos-based lawyer, Chidi Anene, has been arraigned before an Igboosere Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on obtaining under false pretence, fraud and stealing.

The 39 years old lawyer, was arraigned before the court presided over by Magistrate B. I. Bakare, in a charge marked V/71/2017, alongside a limited Liability company, NIPCO Plc, by the men of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon-ikoyi, Lagos, last Thursday.

The defendant was alleged to have committed the offences, sometimes this year, at the Lagos State University.

To be precise, the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, told the court that the defendants, and others at large, with intend to defraud, fraudulently obtained a Bank manager’s cheque of the sum of N15 million, to transfer a title to a plot of land situated and lying at Plot 448, old Ojo road  Satellite town, in favour of Almaruff Transport and Haulage Company Limited.

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The legal practitioner was also alleged to have stole the said money.

The offences according the prosecutor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 314(1)(b) and 287(5)(a) of laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following his plea of not guilty, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him in prisons custody, pending the determination of the case, while asked for a trial date.

But lawyer to the defendant, Gani Oyarevue, while informed the court of not opposing to the trial date, vehemently opposed the remand request of the prosecutor against his client.

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He pleaded with the court to grant his bail in the most liberal terms, arguing that the charges against him are bailable ones. Adding that the granting of bail is atvtge court’s discretion.

After listening to the submissions of both parties, the presiding magistrate, Mr. Bakare, granted bail to the lawyer in the sum of N5 million with two sureties.

The magistrate also ordered that each of the sureties should deposit the sum of N100, 000, to the account of the court’s Chief Registrar. Adding that the sureties must show to court evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos government, and have their residential addresses verified by the prosecutor.

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He, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prisons custody pending the perfection of bail, while adjourned the matter till December 13, for mention.

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