The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wednesday 28th August, 2013 arraigned one Prince Okoro Usuanlele, before Justice Suleiman Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on a 7-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused allegedly obtained the sum of N13m (Thirteen Million Naira) from the complainant, one Raimi Suleiman through a phony land deal. Sulaiman alleged through a petition that he paid the said amount for a parcel of a land located at No. 238 Upper Sakpoba Road, Ugbekun Quarters, Benin City. After payment, all attempts by the petitioner to take possession of the property met with one resistance or the other.
When the charges were read to the accused person, he pleaded.
One of the charges read; “that you Prince Okoro Usuanlele on or about the 9th day of March, 2012 at Benin, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N7,000,000 (Seven Million Naira) only from Asolyn Nigeria Limited, which said sum was paid into your Diamond bank account number 000149331, with cheque number 3373747, being payment to you as the purported owner of a parcel of land, lying and situated at No. 238 Upper Sakpoba Road, Ugbekun Quarters, Benin City; a pretext which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of same Act”.
Justice Suleiman Aliyu adjourned the case to September 4, 2013 for consideration of the bail application and remanded the accused in EFCC custody.