Lagos - The two MTN employees accused of defrauding the mobile network company of N1.36 billion have been granted bail.
Victor Akintunde and Gani Mustapha, who are officials of MTN Staff Corporative Society, are facing a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, forgery and issuance of dud cheques.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred the charges against them.
They are facing trial alongside one Mutairu Babatunde and two companies, Prima Vera Engineering and Construction limited and Mabo Dredging.
Ruling on the MTN pair’s bail application on Wednesday, Justice Kudirat Jose of the Ikeja High Court granted them bail to the sum of N50million with two sureties.
The judge ordered that the sureties must be civil servant of Grade Level 15 or above with three years tax clearance.
She subsequently adjourned the case till March 18 for trial.
EFCC counsel, Emmanuel Jackson, during arraignment, said the defendants committed the alleged offences in April 2008.
He said with intent to defraud, Akintunde, Mustapha, Babatunde alongside their companies Prima Vera Engineering and Construction Limited, Mabo Deredging Limited, conspired to steal the sum of N127 million, property of MTN employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MEMCOS).
Jackson, also said that the defendants on the same day with intent to defraud stole the sum of N50million belonging to MTN employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society.
He alleged that the sum was fraudulently collected as deposit for payment for land they bought for the society from one Mutairu Baba Egbe Family on behalf of the society.
The prosecutor, further alleged that the suspects conspired to steal the sum of N77 million, property of MTN employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MEMCOS), being outstanding refund for five hectares out of 13 hectares of land with defective title from Mutairu Baba Egbe Family.
Jackson stated that Babatunde and Primavera Engineering and Construction ltd, stole the sum of N516.697million, property of (MEMCOS) being the sum he fraudulently used to compensate early settlers in 26 hectares of land amounting to 321 plots of land.
The Anti- graft agency also alleged that the defendants on August 2009 stole the sum of N515 697, property of MEMCOS which they fraudulently converted through Mabo Dredging.
According to the counsel, the defendants stole N592.8 million from MEMCOS under false pretence.
The defendants were also said to have, obtained the sum of N990 million under the pretence that the money represents payment for 13 hectares of land at Okun Ajah Community.
The third, fourth and fifth, defendants, were particularly accused of issuing a First Bank cheque in favour of MEMCOS, which was dishonured for insufficient funds.
– CAJ News
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