The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Thursday, March 19, 2020 arraigned one Abdulsalam Ibrahim before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja Lagos on a two-count charge bordering on retaining stolen property and stealing to the tune of N45million, property of Flour Mills of Nigeria.
One of the charges reads: "That you Abdulsalam Ibrahim on the 28th June, 2019 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with a dishonest intent converted to your own use the sum of N45, 000, 000.00 (Forty Five Million Naira) property of Flour Mills of Nigeria."
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the correctional facility pending the determination of the case.
Defence counsel, Okpara Oluchukwu, informed the court that the defence was yet to file an application for bail on behalf of his client but however pleaded with the court for a short date to file and serve the prosecution with the application and to move same.
Justice Dada adjourned the case till June 9, 2020 for hearing and commencement of trial.
She ordered that the defendant be remanded in correctional facility pending the hearing of the bail application.
In a similar development, the anti-graft agency also arraigned one Olayinka Olaiya before Justice Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a seven-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of N67,760,000 (Sixty-Seven Million, Seven Hundred Sixty Thousand Naira).
The defendant allegedly stole the money whilst being the Registrar of Dental Technology Registration Board Agency.
One of the charges reads: " That you Olayinka Olaiya between 17th day of September, 2015 and 19th day of October, 2015 in Lagos and within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court being the Registrar of Dental Technology Registration Board dishonestly converted to the use of Make Up Nigeria Limited, the sum of N12,150,00 (Twelve Million, One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) property of Dental Registration Board Agency."
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.
In view of the plea, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo asked the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in correctional facility.
However, the defendant had no legal representative in court.
Justice Dada, however adjourned the case till May 5, 2020 for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in correctional facility.
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March 20, 2020