A Lagos-based businessman has been docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly defrauding the state.
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Evbodaghe was docked alongside his company, Sunnivik Rivera Nigeria Limited, on Monday, October 24, 2016, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, on a four-count charge of stealing, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
In a statement by the EFCC:
"Evbodaghe allegedly collected the sum of N229 million from the Lagos Free Trade Zone sometime in 2015, for the purpose of converting same to United State Dollars which at the time amounted to $1 million at the rate of N229.00 (two hundred naira) to a dollar.
After collecting the money, the accused person refused to remit the dollar equivalent as agreed.
Investigation into the matter, among other things, revealed that the account statement of Sunnivik Rivera Nigeria Limited, the company where the money was allegedly paid to, received a total sum of N229 million in two tranches - August 25 and 26, 2016 respectively."
The offence, according to the anti-graft agency, contravenes Section 5(2), 8(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.
When the charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty and following their pleas, counsel to EFCC, Adebayo Aliyu, urged the court to fix a date for trial and also asked that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending trial.
Justice Ipaye therefore adjourned the case to October 26, 2016, for hearing of bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in Ikoyi prison.