EFCC Arrested Lawyer - Barrister Odi Okereke Ajike Over N36 million Fraud
Barrister Odi Okereke Ajike, before the Lagos State High Court on a three-count charge of conspiracy to steal. He was charged along with his company, Natuzzi Nigeria Limited.
According to an EFCC statement, Ajike conspired to commit the offence in 2008, and stole the sum of N36 million, property of Barrister Emeka Nwajiuba.
The EFCC alleged that the sum of N36 million was paid into Ajike’s account by Barrister Nwajiuba pending disbursement to the rightful owners. When the time came for the money to be refunded, however, Barrister Ajike could no longer account for it, and his cheque of N4 million, drawn on the account of Natuzzi Nigeria Limited, was returned.
Ajike pleaded not guilty to the three counts, and counsel to EFCC, Cosmos Ugwu, asked the court to fix a trial date and also requested that the accused person be remanded in prison custody. Efforts by counsel to the accused, U. C. Ukebule, to move for bail was refused by the trial judge who said it has to be done properly. Justice Lateefa Okunnu then adjourned to June 1 for hearing of the bail application while trial was slated for 18/19 of September. Justice Okunnu ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
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