Husband And Wife In Court Over N553.8m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on on Wednesday, arraigned a couple, Oladeji and Omotola Henry, alongside their company, Built Global Concept, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja.

They were docked before the court on a seven-count charge of conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N553,820,000.00 (Five Hundred and Fifty-three Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira).

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Bilkisu Buhari informed the court that the defendants sometime in 2018, converted N410,170 million property of Mmart Investors Club.

The defendants were also said to have dishonestly converted N70 million property of a man, Julius Ekonorue to their own use.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Oladeji Henry, Omotola Henry and Built Global Concept, sometime in 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to dishonestly convert to the use of Abiodun Semawon Henry the total sum of N410,170,000.00 (Four Hundred and Ten Million, One Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira), property of Smart Investor Club; and thereby, committed an offence contrary to Sections 411 and 280 (2)(f) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

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Another count reads: “That you, Oladeji Henry, Omotola Henry and Built Global Concept, sometime in 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to dishonestly convert to the use of Abiodun Semawon Henry the total sum of N70,000,000.00 (Seventy Million Naira) property of Julius Ekonorue and thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 280 (1)(b) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charge preferred against them.

In view of their pleas, Buhari, urged the court for a trial date and also prayed that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS).

Defece counsel, Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, informed the court of a pending bail application for his clients and also prayed for a short date to enable its hearing.

Consequently, Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the matter until March 9, 2020 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be kept in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services, Kirikiri, Lagos.

30th June 2022
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