Hajj Agency Loses N23.9m To Woman Fraudster

An Islamic pilgrimage agency, Alhujaaj International Umrah and Hajj Service, situated at 4, Shagbemi Street, Off Oroyinyin Street, Jankara Lagos, has been defrauded of the sum of N23. 901, 688.15 million.

However, the alleged woman fraudster, Edward Akinwunmi Olamide, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The police from State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, Lagos, alleged in a charge marked D/8/2018, that the 32 years old fraudster and others now at large, on November 30, 2017, conspired among themselves to commit the act.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Inspector Chinnalu Uwadione are contrary to and punishable under sections 411 and 287(7) of of the Criminal Law Cap. Ch. C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

Count one of the charge read: “that you Edward Akinwunmi Olamide ’f’ and others now at large, on or the 30th day of November, 2017 at No. 4, Shagbemi Street, off Oroyinyin Street, Iankara Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Stealing and thereby committed an Offence Punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law Cap. Ch C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

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And count two reads: “that you Edward Akinwunmi Olamide ’f’ and others now at large, on or the 30th day of November, 2017 at 4, Shagbemi Street, off Oroyinyin Street, Jankara Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal the sum of N23,901,688.15 (Twenty-three Million, Nine Hundred and One Thosuand, Six Hundred and Eighty-eight Naira, Fifteen Kobo) property of Alhujaaj International Umrah and Hajj Service situate at No. 4, Shagbemi Street, Off Oroyinyin Street, Jankara Lagos, and thereby committed an offence Punishable under Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law Cap CH C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015”.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of her plea, the prosecutor, urged the court to remand in prison custody, pending trial.

But lawyer to the accused urged the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms. The lawyer told the court that his client will attend her trial and not meddling with the witnesses in the case.

Ruling on the bail application, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Adelaja, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in the same sum.

The sureties according to the magistrate are to show to court evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos state government, and have their addresses and means of livelihood verified by the prosecutor.

The magistrate also ordered that each of the sureties should deposit the sum of N200, 000, 00 to the account of the Deputy Chief Chief of the Court.

The magistrate while adjourning the matter has been adjourned till March 28, for trial, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of bail terms.

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