Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of an Ikeja High Court on Wednesday June 24, remanded two men at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons for allegedly defrauding two individuals of N465.7million.
The accused, Yerima Suleiman, 57 and Uwem Antia, 51, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lead prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Mr Gbolahan Latona, told the court that the duo committed the offence on Feb. 5 in Lagos.
He said the accused fraudulently obtained N465.7million from one Mr Dennis Ale and Mrs Gladys Aginwa under the guise that they would give them the dollar equivalent of the sum, which was $2.2million.
The prosecutor said that in a bid to facilitate the fraud, an acknowledgement receipt dated Feb. 6 purported to have been made by Ale, one of the complainants, was allegedly forged by the accused.
According to the EFCC, the crimes are in violation of Sections1(3), 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 as well as Sections 5(2), 363(1) and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011. The judge, however, adjourned the case till Nov 9 for trial.
NAN reports that Section 363(1) recommends 14 years imprisonment for anyone convicted of forgery.
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