Lagos - Stockbroker, Two Others Accused of Stealing N.141m
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dragged a 36-year old Stockbroker, Faniran Olubanji Samuel and Two Others before a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, for allegedly Stealing N141, 000, 000 belonging to APT Securities and Funds Limited during a Shares transaction.
Other defendants in the suit are Charles Odum 33 and Solomon Nathaneal 30. They were said to have sometime in March 2008 conspired to commit felony to wit Stealing the sum of N135,000,000 property of APT Securities and Funds Limited, an offence contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law CAP C17, Lagos State, 2003.
In a confessional statement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the stockbroker said he was approached by the third defendant (Nathaniel) to get 30m units of Food Concept Ltd for APT Securities Ltd in the sum of N135m and N6m respectively.
He added: “I seek Nathaneal’s approval to pay in the N135m cheques since the placement has closed months ago and the contacts at FBN Capital Ltd were asking for payment to them personally to get the shares. So it was not fraudulently lodged at all.”
2nd Count offence: “Faniran Olubanji, Charles Odum and Solomon Nathaneal, sometime in March 2008 in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, stole the sum of N135, 000,000.00 (One hundred and thirty five million naira) property of APT Securities and Funds Limited, vide a Guaranty Trust Bank cheque number 00005784, by fraudulently depositing the said cheque in a Wema Bank Plc account, belonging to Ariel Investment Management Limited, and clearing it using a third party cheque clearing facility.
It was gathered that APT Securities Ltd issued a cheque of N135, 000, 000 in favour of FBN Capital/Food Concept and N6, 000, 000 in favour of Ariel Investments. The cheques were allegedly handed over to the 3rd defendant (Nathaneal), Fund Manager of Dansolek Limited, who acted as a middleman between the 2nd defendant and 1st defendant. But trouble started for the defendants when the MD of APT Securities Ltd, Mallam Kurfi, suspected a foul play in the Shares transaction and invited the EFCC into the matter.
The Accused persons were charged on a 4-count offence of Stealing and fraud, while the matter is pending before Justice Candide Johnson.
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