Alleged N30m fraud: Court remands ex-lawmaker in Kuje correction centre

Alleged N30m fraud: Court remands ex-lawmaker in Kuje correction centre
January 15 15:53 2024 Print This Article

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, ordered Mr Suleiman Dabo, the immediate-past member of Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Zaria Constituency, to be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending ruling in his bail plea.

Justice James Omotosho gave the order following Dabo’s arraignment by the police on a seven-count charge bordering on alleged fraud to the tune of N30 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dabo was arraigned alongside his company, Ohman International Venture Ltd., in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/363/2021, as 1st and 2nd defendant.
In count one, the ex-lawmaker and his company, sometime in October and November, 2017, were alleged to have conspired to obtained the sum of N30 million by false pretence from Mrs Folashade S. Mojeolaoluwa.
In count two, Dabo and the company, sometime in October and November, 2017, were alleged to have defrauded Mrs Folashade S. Mojeolaoluwa of the sum of N30 million through a GTBank Account No: 0172410075 with account name: Ohman International Venture Limited.
It alleged that the defendants had, on the pretence of selling a scrap vessel ship known as ADNAN 101, commited the act “when you presented yourself to Mrs Folashade S. Mojeolaoluwa as the bonafide owner of the scrap ship.”
In count three, they were alleged to have converted the N30 million to themselves, the property derived directly from the proceeds of theft with the aim of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the money.
The offences were said to be contrary to Section 8 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act and Section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act LFN 2011, among others.
However, they both pleaded not guilty to the seven counts.
Police counsel, Mathew Omosun, prayed the court to order his remand in view of his non guilty plea.
But A.S. Egene, who represented Dabo in court, opposed Omosun’s application.
Egene said there was a pending bail application dated Nov. 3, 2021, though another one dated Nov. 3, 2023 was also before the court
He sought to withdraw the Nov. 3, 2023 process and it was struck out.
The lawyer, who said a brother judge handling the case before admitted Dabo to bail, urged the court to grant their prayers in the same bail terms.
Omosun objected to the application, saying a counter affidavit dated Sept. 8, 2022, was filed in that respect.
Justice Omotosho then observed from the court file that the ex-lawmaker was absent in court in about eight times since the matter was reassigned to him.
Egene pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
“As a lawmaker, he should know that the temple of justice must be respected,” the judge responded.
In a short ruling, Justice Omotosho held that in view of the fact that the defendant had been absent in the past proceedings for about eight times, the court would adjourn to consider and study the case file judiciously and judicially to arrive at its ruling.
He consequently fixed Feb. 5 for ruling on the bail application.(NAN)(

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