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Alleged N950m Fraud: Man ordered to be remanded in Kirikiri

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The Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, presided over by Justice Ismail Ijelu, yesterday, ordered the remand of a former staff of the Punch Newspapers Limited, Olusegun Ogunbanjo, at the Kirikiri Correctional Facility over his alleged involvement in fraud to the tune of N950 million.
Ogunbanjo is to remain in Kirikiri pending his arraignment on the alleged fraud charge slammed against him before the court.
Justice Ijelu arrived at the decision consequent upon an exparte application filed and argued by the counsel for the Lagos State Government, Babajide Martins, dated June 19 and supported with 14 paragraphs affidavit.
In the exparte application, Martins argued that the court had on May 28, 2024, issued a warrant of arrest against the defendant who had refused to appear in court to answer criminal charges against him.
The LASG’s counsel who further posited that the lawyer for the defendant, Chijioke Jiakponna had told the court he will produce the defendant for arraignment, but did not, before the court issued a warrant of arrest, maintained that “in consonance with the law, we filed a written address as well as the affidavit in support of the exparte application.
“The application is seeking an order to remand the defendant pending the arraignment.
“The defendant failed to appear in court to answer the criminal charge against him. The counsel on record had informed the court to bring the defendant but failed to do so.
“It was the Department of State Security (DSS), that arrested him on June 14. The application is harmless and is in tandem with the law.
“The court should take judicial notice that the criminal charge has been pending since November 2023.
“On March 28, the court issued a warrant of arrest when he failed to appear in court.”
Aside from Ogunbanjo, other defendants in the suit designated ID/21559C/2023 are Olawunmi Ogunbanjo, Vaneloo International Limited, Valeco Global Ventures, Bagco Garba, Taofeek Ogunbanjo, Ifeanyi Odogwu, Bound Media Limited and Godwin Benson.
It would be recalled that Ogunbanjo was first arraigned on March 8, 2023, on three counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, and stealing before the Magistrates’ Court.
The police had specifically accused Ogunbanjo of committing the alleged offence between January 2017 and December 2022 in the Ikorodu area of the state.
Ogunbanjo was alleged to have obtained N450m from one Olusola lkuyajesin and N500m from one Durodola Balogun under the pretence of using the money to buy stationeries.
The defendant was further accused of forging the organisation’s Local Purchase Orders, LPO, to carry out the acts.
According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Sections 287, 314, and 365 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

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