Alleged N1.5bn fraud: Benin high court remands APC woman leader and 4 others in jail

Alleged N1.5bn fraud: Benin high court remands APC woman leader and 4 others in jail

- A Benin high court has remanded the Edo woman leader of the APC and 4 others in jail, over allegations of committing contract fraud to the tune of N1.5 billion

- The EFCC claims that the accused used their offices while serving as board members of the Edo Universal Basic Education Board, to perpetuate the alleged crime

- Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele who presided over the matter, adjourned the case until Friday, October 13, for ruling on bail

The Edo woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aisosa Amadasun, and four others, have been brought before a Benin high court, for allegedly committing contract fraud to the tune of N1.5 billion, NAN reports.

The other defendants in the case are: Adama Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao, Dove Momodu and Ali Sulayman.

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NAIJ.com gathers that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, October 5, arraigned the defendants before Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, for allegedly using their offices while serving as board members of the Edo Universal Basic Education Board, to award contracts to their cronies after collecting money from them.

After they all pleaded not guilty to the 50-count charge, the judge ordered their remand in Oko Prisons and adjourned the case until Monday, October 9, for the hearing of the bail application.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, defence counsel, Candy Ohio, urged the court to grant his clients bail, and argued that his clients were charged on matters bordering on criminal offences and not capital offence.

Ohio pleaded with the court to use its discretion to grant the accused bail.

EFCC’s counsel, Harrison Ibekwute, however, opposed the bail application.

He said the offences contravened Sections 98b (1) (a) (II) of the Criminal Code, CAP. 48, Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria, as applicable to Edo.

The presiding judge adjourned the case until Friday, October 13, for ruling on bail.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Dr. Taiwo Malumi, the senatorial leader of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo state south senatorial district, was remanded in prison custody over an alleged N40million fraud.

Malumi, a medical doctor and managing director of Funtai Limited was remanded in prison custody by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

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Source: Naij.com

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