By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Police in Osun State has dragged a 30-year-old woman, Achi Ijeoma Mary before a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly defrauding one Wale Azeez, the sum of N10million.
Mary and others now at large were also accused of obtaining the sum by false pretence.
The Police Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs C. J. Ekeinde informed the court that the defendant fraudulently transferred the sum of N10million from the Access bank account of one Wale Azeez to another bank account of one Sam Obi with the pretence of placing same under fixed deposit for him.
Ekeinde further said that the accused woman committed the offence on August 6, 2020 at about 10am at Access Bank Plc, Osogbo.
The two counts slammed against the defendant reads fully: “That you Achi Ijeoma Mary and others now at large, on the 6th day of August 2020, at about 10:00am at Access Bank Plc, Osogbo in the Osogbo Judicial division of the Federal High Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit a felony to wit: Obtaining Money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section (a) and punishable under Section 1(1)(a)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
“That you (defendant) and others now at large, the same date, time, place and in the aforementioned Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, did by false pretence and with intent to defraud, fraudulently transferred the sum of ten million naira (10,000,000:00k) from the Access bank account 1394286142 of one Wale Azeez ‘m’ to another bank account 0814531930 of one Sam Obi with the pretence of placing same under fixed deposit for him, a pretence you know to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a)(b) and punishable under Section of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her lawyer, K. E. Ngwoke made an oral application for her bail.
The counsel urged the court to grant Mary bail and assured that she would attend her trail. The lawyer also volunteered to stand surety for her, adding that she is presumed innocent until proven contrary.
The presiding judge, Justice Peter Lifu granted Mary bail in the sum of N10million with two sureties and that one of the sureties should be a reputable professional within Osun while the other should be a landed property owner.
Lifu added that the defendant should appear before the Court’s Registrar fortnightly. The case was adjourned till March 3 for hearing.