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EFCC docks ex-rep for alleged N1.4m fraud

23 January 2013, 15:09

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned an 88-year-old man, Olusola Alaba over an alleged N1.4 million fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alaba, a former member of the defunct Western House of Assembly, was docked before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.

Alaba, who resides at No. 5, Peter Eledu Str., Akute, Lagos, is facing a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.

The EFCC counsel, Mr Francis Usani, alleged that the defendant had on June 20,2011, in Lagos, fraudulently obtained the sum of N1,490,000 from one Mrs Olutoyin Ogundipe.

Usani alleged that Alaba obtained the money from the woman by claiming that the said sum represented payment for a-three bedroom flat located at Plot 8, Oladimeji Alo St., Lekki Phase One.

He further alleged that the defendant forged four international passports with different names to facilitate the fraud.

According to him, the defendant's alleged offence contravened Sections 1 (2) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006.

He said some aspects also contravened Section 467 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State 2003.

Alaba pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

His counsel, Mrs Mercy Emuveyan, urged the court to remand him in EFCC custody, pending the filing of his bail application.

She urged the court to consider Alaba's age and health condition.

Emuveyan said his client was a member of the Western House of Assembly in 1966, before the army took over government.

The judge acceded to her request and remanded the defendant in the custody of EFCC.

She adjourned the case to March 26 for trial.


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