EFCC, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, arraigned a banker, one Ogunleye Bamidele Ayodele before Justice Hussaini Baba Yusuf of Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama Abuja, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N74, 760,000 (Seventy-Four Million, Seven-Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only), under false pretence from one Auwal A Danyaro, Chief Executive Officer, Triple-A Multi-Concept Global Ventures.
The arraignment of the accused who is facing a nine-count charge, bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, followed a petition to EFCC, by the complainant who alleged that the accused, a Staff and his account officer at First City Monument Bank Plc; approached him with a bait to help him get United States Dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria at a lower exchange rate.
According to the complainant, he parted with his company’s Triple-A Multi-Concept Global Ventures’ N74, 760,000 (Seventy-Four Million, Seven-Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only), to the accused without the defendant buying the alleged Dollars nor refund his money.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Ogunleye Bamidele Ayodele on or about the 21st of November, 2017 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of often Million Naira only (10,000,000.000) from one Auwal A Danyaro, the Chief Executive Officer Of Triple-A multi Concept Global ventures being money transferred from his company’s account number 3905025021 with First City Monument Bank Plc to one Ajayi Adeniyi Joshua’s account number 4668460010 with first monument bank based on your instruction as part payment of a total sum of 74,760,000 (Seventy Four Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) under the false pretence that you were going to give him United State Dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria, a fact which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 1(1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the advance fee fraud and other fraud-related offenses act 2006”.
The defendant pleaded not ‘guilty’ to all the charges and the prosecution counsel, Iwebafa Gift Odibo, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending a hearing.
However, the defense counsel, Osuji Udoka Geraldine, told the court about a pending application for bail on behalf of her client. Justice Hussaini Baba ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kuje Prison and adjourned the matter to May 15, 2019, for bail application and May 30, 2019, for hearing.