Abuja - Two suspects have appeared at the Niger State High Court after allegedly defrauding a man N140 million under the pretext they ran a company that had a partnership with MTN, the mobile network operator.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Ahmed Ali Mohammed and Nuhu Ibrahim Ishaq before Justice Ibrahim Christopher Auta on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretences.
According to the commission, the suspects allegedly paraded themselves as directors of Sandabe International Company Limited and, in that assumed capacity, fraudulently obtained the money from one Mohammed Umar Bago.
The charge reads, “That you Ahmed Ali Mohammed, and Nuhu Ibrahim Ishaq, sometime between 1st March, 2010 and 1st April, 2010 at Minna in Minna Judicial Division of the High Court of Niger State, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N140,000,000.00 from one Mohammed Umar Bago under the false pretence that you own a company known as Sandabe International Company Limited which has a partnership agreement with MTN to deal in MTN products and that you will invest the said amount into the company's MTN business on his behalf and to be giving him an interest of six percent (6%) of the capital invested every month, which you knew to be false , and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(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 pair pleaded not guilty but counsel to EFCC, Ibrahim Audu, urged the court to fix a date for trial to commence and remand the accused in prison custody.
The defence counsel, Aisha Shehu, prayed the court to admit her clients to bail.
EFCC counsel opposed the bail application on the grounds that the offences are severe in nature and carry a minimum imprisonment of seven years.
Justice Auta ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody.
The case has been adjourned to June 19 for hearing on the bail application.
- CAJ News