EFCC arraigns two over $281,000 fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 14, 2012 arraigned the duo of Adeyemi Waheed, alias Ahmed Abbas and Ademola Olowoake Adeshina, alias Usman, before Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu of the FCT High Court, Abuja for conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money under false pretences. One of the two count charge reads: “That you, Waidi Adeyemi (alias Ahmed Abbas), Ademola Adeshina (alias Usman)  and others now at large sometime between March and May, 2012 at Abuja in the Abuja judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did conspire to commit an offence to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

The accused were alleged to have obtained the sum of two hundred and eighty one thousand dollars ($281, 000.00) from one Bello Mohammed under the false pretence that they were going to produce American Dollars and British Pounds sterling for him but failed.

The petitioner had alleged that the suspects defrauded him of the hefty amount at different times between the 2nd week of March, and 3rd May, 2012 in the guise of processing some dollars and pound sterling currencies at the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Abuja.

Investigations conducted in the house and premises of Waheed at Apo Legislative quarters, Zone D, Abuja, revealed incriminating documents, such as black paper cut in Dollar and Pounds Sterling sizes. A Honda Accord Saloon car with Registration No. FS548ABC was also recovered.

Investigations further showed that Adeshina, the 2nd accused person is a notorious fraudster who was involved in Ade Bendel’s case in 2003. The two accused persons were arrested at the scene of crime by operatives of the EFCC. Waheed owns a hotel by name New Look Guest Suite Limited located at No. 4 Otunba Adeyemi Layout, Meiran-Agege, Lagos.

Both accused persons confessed to the crime. Waheed refunded N1, 000, 0000 out of the N11, 000,000 he claimed he has benefited from the crime while Adeshina refunded N600, 000 out of the N1, 000,000 he claimed he benefitted.

Though the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two count charges, the prosecution counsel, Barrister Mahmud Bello urged the court to remand them in prison custody as they have the tendency of jumping bail. The Judge ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody as he adjoined the case to June 20th, 2012 for hearing.

 

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