The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on Monday January 20, 2014 arraigned one Prince Okoro Usuanlele before Justice P.I Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin on a 7- count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence. The accused allegedly obtained the sum of thirteen million naira (N13,000,000) from a company, Asolyn Nigeria Limited through a phony land deal. He however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Usuanlele and one Bobson Omoregie (still at large) allegedly presented a fake Certificate of Occupancy of a parcel of land situated at No.238 Upper Sakpoba Road, Ugbekun Quarters, Benin City to Asolyn Nigeria Limited and offered to sell the said land for N20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Naira only). After paying the accused a total sum of N13,000,000.00(Thirteen Million Naira), every attempt to either take possession of the land or recover the money proved futile.
One of the charges preferred against him read, “that you Prince Okoro Usuanlele on or about the 9th day of March 2012 at Benin Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N7.000.000,00 (Seven Million Naira only) from Asolyn Nigeria Limited which said sum was paid into Diamond Bank account number 000149331 with cheque number 3373747 being (part) payment to you as the purported owner of a parcel of land lying and situated at No. 238 Upper Sakpoba Road, Ugbekun Quarters, Benin City, a pretext which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and Punishable under Section 1(3) of same Act”.
Justice Ajoku granted the accused bail in the sum of one million naira and two sureties in like sum.
The matter has been adjourned to February 5, 2014 for trial
Media & Publicity
22nd January, 2014
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