In line with a report by The PUNCH, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Ibadan zonal workplace, on Wednesday, re-arraigned one Alice John and her boyfriend, Fadi Alloush, earlier than Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State Excessive Court docket, Ibadan, for fraud involving the sale of charcoal.
The lovers had been re-arraigned on three counts of conspiracy, stealing and acquiring the sum of N17.5m below false pretences.
The offences had been mentioned to be opposite to Part 390 of the Prison Code Legal guidelines, Cap 38, Legal guidelines of Oyo State.
The defendants pleaded not responsible to the fees, following which the prosecution counsel, Dr Ben Ubi, utilized for a trial date, whereas the defence counsel, Olukunle Kamisi, prayed the courtroom to permit the bail earlier granted the defendants to subsist.
Justice Taiwo granted the defendants’ prayers.
“The bail shall subsist and, within the occasion, the place there may be delay on the defendants’ half, their bail shall be revoked,” the choose mentioned.
Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter until October eight, 2020, for trial.
The defendants had been initially arraigned earlier than Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State Excessive Court docket on March 17, 2020, however had been re-arraigned on Wednesday following the reassignment of the case to Justice Taiwo.
Between January and December 2019, the sufferer, Houssam Nasreddine, allegedly transferred the sum of N17.5m to John’s account for the acquisition of charcoal from Iwere lle, Oyo State, for exportation, which the defendant purchased and loaded in containers on the Hapag Lloyd Delivery Firm, Apapa, Lagos.
Moderately than promote the products within the title of the rightful proprietor, she allegedly connived along with her boyfriend, Alloush, to alter the possession of the products and bought them off.
The petitioner added that every one efforts to retrieve both the charcoal or his cash had been pissed off by the defendants.