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4 suspects remanded for allegedly buying N7.3m frozen fish with scam cheques



Operatives of the X- SQUAD of the Force Criminal Investigation Division, FCID, Alagbon shutdown, Ikoyi, Lagos, Southwest, Nigeria have arrested 4 suspects fraudster and charged them earlier than a Lagos Justice of the Peace’s Court docket for allegedly buying N7,300,000 frozen fish with pretend cheques and escaped.

Additionally charged with them was the alleged receiver of the products in Mushin space of Lagos, Bolanle Ajayi, 61.

Police alleged that three of the defendants, Kenneth Ekene Asoegwu, 48, Michael Ugwunna Okoro, aka Amos, 58, and Adeyinka Taiwo, aka Baba Ibeji, 58, allegedly connived to buy the frozen fish from the administration of Seven Technique Restricted with Cloned First Financial institution of Nigeria cheques bearing Nenny meals and escaped, unknown to the complainant that the cheques the defendants offered to buy the products have been pretend.

Police additional alleged that bother began for the defendants when the complainant offered the cheques on the financial institution for cost, the financial institution officers informed the complainant that the N7.3m cheques have been pretend.

Following the event, the complainant petitioned the Inspector-Generator of Police, I-GP concerning the matter and he referred the case to the X- SQUAD part of the Drive Felony Investigation Division, FCID, Alagbon shut, Ikoyi, Lagos for detailed investigation.

The officer answerable for the X- SQUAD swiftly directed his crack staff led by SP Saheed Omosanya to fish out the fleeing suspects wherever they may be hiding.

The Police staff swung into motion and thru intelligence gathering tracked the defendants to their hideout and arrested them.

Police Prosecuting Counsel, Susan Ezema knowledgeable the Court docket within the cost Marked B/13/2023 that the defendants dedicated the offence between December 2022 and February 2023 within the Ejigbo space of Lagos.

Ezema informed the Court docket presided over by Justice of the Peace, B.A Sonuga that three of the defendants used cloned First Financial institution of Nigeria cheques to buy N7.3m frozen fish from the administration of Seven Technique Restricted and fled to promote the products to the receiver, Bolanle Ajayi at Mushin space of Lagos, unknown to the complainant that the cheques bearing Nenny meals the defendants offered to them to buy the fish have been Cloned.

Ezema stated that the complainant found that the cheques have been pretend once they offered them earlier than the financial institution for cost resulting in the arrest of the defendants.

She stated the offences, the defendants dedicated have been opposite to and punishable underneath classes 323, 312(1)(g)(b) 2, 312(3), 318 and 316(1) of Criminal Legal guidelines of Lagos State, 2015 and 2011.

The defendants, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible to the fees and their Counsel, Barr. Anayo Agbo prayed the Court docket to grant the defendants bail in essentially the most liberal phrases pledging that the defendants wouldn’t leap bail if granted.

Justice of the Peace, Sonuga granted them N500,000 bail every with two sureties every in like sum.

Sonuga adjourned the case until 2 Could 2023 for point out and ordered that the defendants be detained on the Ikoyi and Kirikiri correctional services until they perfected the bail situations. Continue Reading…


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