The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured a prison remand for a lawyer for advance fee fraud.
A Lagos based legal practitioner, Babatunde Ojo, has been remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison for multi-million naira fraud running well over N117 million, by a High Court sitting at Ikeja.
Ojo was dragged to the court presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a 48-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and issuance of dud cheques.
Though Ojo pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, Justice Ipaye, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison and adjourned the case till March 18 and 19 for trial.
The EFCC, through its Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, had revealed that Ojo allegedly used his company, Amberville Communications Limited, to obtain the sum of N117, 350, 000 from a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Awodiya of First Hebron Homes and Investment Limited, in the guise of allocating 50 shops at HFP Eastline Shopping Complex, Ajah, Lagos, to them.
"The victims were allegedly linked to Ojo by one of the directors of the Shopping Complex. They was told that the amount per shop was N4,000,000, with 50 shops, costing N200,000,000.
The victims negotiated for 50 shops but paid a deposit of N117, 350,000.
However, the director that linked the victim with Ojo later denied knowledge of any transaction for sale of shops with the suspect, and invariably debunked claims of having received payment from the suspect.
All efforts to get a refund of the money paid for the shops proved abortive."
Justice Ipaye, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison and adjourned the matter till March, 18 and 19, 2015 for trial.