Admin l Tuesday, January 16, 2018
IKEJA, Nigeria – A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja today remanded in Ikoyi Prison a business man Okoro Samuel Uchechukwu for alleged theft of N41,600,000.00.
Uchechukwu was arraigned alongside his company, Jayjingo Nigeria Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a two count charge of stealing and obtaining money by false pretence. The anti-graft alleged that the defendant (Uchechukwu) stole and converted to his own use the sum of N41,600,000.00 property of Onoja Usman, the managing Director of Lovonus Trust and investment Limited.
The defendant was said to have fraudulently obtained the money (N41,600,000.00) after claiming that he had $130.000.00 to sell to Usman, contrary to sections 278 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria No 11, 2011 and Sections 1(1) and 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006.
The defendant counsel, Mrs Janet Okile urged the court to grant his client bail, noting that the defendant has been in prison custody in Port Harcourt for another offence but present in court due to the production warrant.
According to her, defendant is facing trial in Port Harcourt for another offence, he has been granted bail but the perfection of his bail is almost done. She urged the court to grant him bail so as to allow him to attend trial .
However the anti-graft counsel, Samuel Gaji corroborated defence counsel that defendant was brought from Port Harcourt prison were he was remanded for multiple offences. Also, the prison officer that brought the defendant read to the court the production warrant sent to prison.
However, Justice Mojisola Dada therefore directed both counsel to file application for bail and adjourned till January 17,2018 for trial.