Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Arraigns Lawyer For N117m Fraud

February 18, 2015 4:10 pm

Find the press statement below…
A legal practitioner, Barrister Babatunde Ojo, was on Monday, February
16, 2015 arraigned by the , EFCC
before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja,
on a 48-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence,
forgery and issuance of dud cheques.

Ojo allegedly used his company, Amberville Communications Limited, to
obtain the sum of N117, 350, 000.00 (One Hundred and Seventeen Million,
Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from 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 victim was allegedly linked to Ojo by one of the directors of the
Shopping Complex. He was told that, the amount per shop was N4, 000,000
(Four Million Naira only) , with Fifty (50) shops, costing N200,
000,000 (Two Hundred Million Naira only).

The victim negotiated for 50 shops but paid a deposit of N117, 350,
000.00 (One Hundred and Seventeen Million, Three Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Naira). 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

One of the charges read:
“Babatunde Ojo and Amberville Communications Limited, on or about the
13th day of April, 2010 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N15,
000,000 (Fifteen Million Naira) from Awodiya Olusegun Mathew under the
false pretence that the money was part payment for purchase of fifty
(50) shops from HFP Engineering Limited at HFP Eastline Shopping
Complex, KM 26, Epe Expressway, Ajah, which representation you knew to
be false”.

When the charges were read to the accused person, he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting counsel, Vera Agboje prayed the court for a trial date and
that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

However, defence counsel, R. U. Nnamani urged the court to allow her
present application for bail at the next adjourned date and applied that
the suspect be remanded in EFCC custody.

Justice Ipaye, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in
Kirikiri Maximum prison and adjourned the matter till March, 18 and 19,
2015 for trial.

Media & Publicity
16th February, 2015 

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