Former NEXIM Bank MD Orya accused of N1.4 billion fraud

Orya pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during his arraignment.

Roberts Orya [EFCC]

A former Managing Director of Nigerian Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank has been arraigned on a 49-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, impersonation, misappropriation, official corruption, fraud, and abuse of office.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Roberts Orya of obtaining over N1.4 billion from the bank to enrich himself when he appeared at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo Abuja, on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

He allegedly incorporated Luxurium Leisure Service Limited in order to grant bogus loans to the company in 2013.

The company was set up using names of non-existent people or others who did not grant consent.

The EFCC said his offence violates the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

Orya, NEXIM Bank MD between 2009 and 2016, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him during his arraignment.

Justice F.E Messiri remanded him in EFCC custody and adjourned till November 29 for consideration of a formal bail application.

The defendant earlier this year announced his intention to contest in the 2023 Benue State governorship election.

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