Four Abuja corporate executives are set to stand trial on May 6 for alleged N201 million fraud

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According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), four executives from an Abuja company are to stand trial on charges of a N201 million scam. The court has already set the trial date.

The EFCC said that the suit will begin to be heard on May 6, 2024, by Jstice K.N. Ogbonnaya of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court Zuba.

On Wednesday, it announced this on its official X Twitter.

The following individuals and entities were arraigned on two counts related to gaining by false pretense on February 29, 2024: Harry Ositadinma Samuel, Ayodele Raymond, Gowon Usman Egbunu, Alhaji Nuhu Amanabo, and Beligetto Holding Company Limited, as reported by the agency.

The defendants are under trial for allegedly acquiring five units of Toyota SUVs worth N201 million from a petitioner under the pretense of delivering them to the Nigeria Correctional Service as part of a supply contract, according to the anti-graft agency. Neither did they return the cars to the petitioner or pay for them.

The prosecution attorney, Khalid Sanusi, has asked for a trial start date and the confinement of the defendants at a correctional facility after the EFCC stated the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the allegations presented against them.

Upon the defendants’ self-recognition and age, Justice Ogbonnaya freed them on bond, with stringent directions to appear in court on the days of trial.

All of the defendants will be kept in a correctional facility until the trial concludes if they fail to comply with the terms of the bond they signed.

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Beligetto Holding Company Limited was also issued a bond of N50 million.

The matter was adjourned till May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2024, and the judge also ordered an expedited hearing.

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