Commercial Law

EFCC docks bizman over fake property

By Michael Ojo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC at the weekend  docked a man, Kelechi Mbagwu before a Lagos Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on charges bordering on obtaining money under false to the tune of N25m.

Counsel to the EFCC Abdullahi Mohammed told Justice Sherifat Solebo on Friday that the defendant Obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1{3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

Mohammed said that Mbagwu and his company CMB Building Maintenance, and Investment Ltd committed the offence Between February 12, and September 14, 2018 in Lagos.

He also said that Kelechi and his company defrauded, obtained the sum of N25 million by false pretence from Okafor Ameachi Sixtus by falsely representing to him that the two Residential plots of land in Pearl Garden Estate, Sangotedo, Lagos he gave to him is genuine which is a false representation.

But both defendant denied all the  allegations preferred against them.

Consequently, prosecution counsel urged the court to remand the first defendant in the custody of EFCC on the ground that he is still having up to 13 different cases into the tune of N2.3bn.

Counsel to the defendant R.A Aladesonmi informed the court of his intention to file motion for bail because the offence for which the defendants were charged is a bailable one.

Justice Solebo in her short ruling ordered that the first defendant be remanded in the custody of EFCC pending any application bail. She later adjourned the case to 2nd of February, 2021 for trial.

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