Two BDC operators in pretrial detention for fraud N71m

Two Bureau De Change operators, Zakari Zadu and Jubrilla Yakubu, had been detained at a correctional facility by a Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on Wednesday for alleged N71m fraud.

The operators had been remanded in custody following their not responsible plea to a three-count depend of conspiracy, theft and fraud introduced towards them by cops from the Felony Intelligence and Investigation Division, IDRC (Annex) Alagbon-Ikoyi , Lagos, able numbered FHC/L/135c/2023.

Police Prosecutor SO Ayodele instructed the court docket that the defendants, someday in August 2022, conspired amongst themselves and fraudulently obtained the sum of 71 million naira from one Suleiman Jibbo, below the pretext of turning it into overseas foreign money.

He instructed the court docket that the defendants after amassing the cash from the sufferer, diverted the cash and used it for his or her private functions.

In keeping with the prosecutor, the offenses dedicated contravened part 8(a) and 1(1)(c), 383, and are punishable below part 1(3) of the Advance Charge Fraud and Different Associated Offenses Act. 2006, Legal guidelines of, 390(9) of the Penal Code Act, Cap C38, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Nonetheless, the defendants pleaded not responsible to the cost and the prosecutor, Ayodele, requested for a trial date and likewise urged the court docket to detain them pending the willpower of the cost.

However the defendants’ attorneys, Bamidele Ibironke and John Ujah, knowledgeable the court docket that they’d filed and served the prosecutor with their purchasers’ bail purposes. They added that the court docket bailiff had not but taken him to court docket.

They requested the court docket for a brief listening to date on the bail purposes. Choose Abimbola Awogboro, after listening to submissions from the attorneys, adjourned the matter till Friday, March 31 for the bail listening to, and adjourned till April 18 for trial.

Choose Awogboro additionally ordered the defendants to stay within the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Companies pending the listening to and willpower of their bail utility.

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