A Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday issued a bench warrant against four suspects who were allegedly involved in a N313.2 million fraud and their sureties for their failure to appear before the court.
The four suspects named in the multi million naira fraud were among a 10-man syndicate, whose arraignment by the police are pending before a Federal High Court, Lagos.
Those named in the charge marked FHC/L/327c/17, are: Akala Anthony, 49: Umar Ali, 61: Saidi Oke, 43: Bashir Mohammed, 44: Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu Anyanwu, 50: Agboola Rasheed Gbade, 67: Nkechi Nwafor, 43: and Larry Balogun Otunba, 51.
While the two firms are: Grantland Investment Nigeria Limited and Abroad Development Foundation.
However, among the 10 suspects, only four namely :Akala Anthony: Umar Ali: Saidi Oke: Bashir Mohammed, were brought to court by the police on Wednesday, while Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu Anyanwu: Agboola Rasheed Gbade, Nkechi Nwafor: and Larry Balogun Otunba, we’re said to have jumped bail.
When the matter came up yesterday, the prosecutor, Maroof Animashaun, applied to the court for bench warrant against the the fifth, sixth, seventh and eight defendants.
Animashaun told the court that all suspects have been served with the charge, and duly informed of their arraignment.
He said the bench warrant application against the four suspects is pursuant to section 113 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. While he cited section 114 of the same Act against the sureties.
Justice Rabiu-Shagari, while iissuing bench warrant against the four suspects, ordered the prosecution to separate the charge, so that the plea of the first to fourth defendants who have been in police custody for over four months could be taken.
The judge ordered the separation of the charge, following an application made to the court by their lawyers, Akeem Balogun and Bala Usman.
Consequently, the judge adjourned the matter till Friday, for the arraignment of the first to fourth defendants.
In the charge, the police alleged that all the defendants and others now at large, had on June 15, 2017, at Lekki, Lagos, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the sums of N313.200 million from one Austin Albert, under the pretence of assisting him to buy $1 million USD.
The offences according police are contrary to sections 8(b) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006