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Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014

EFCC to arraign 3 men for stealing MTN’s N4m cheque

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday filed a six-count charge against three men, who allegedly stole a cheque of N4 million issued by MTN Nigeria at an Ikeja High Court.

The accused are Fatai Ramoni, 26; James Opeodu, 29; and Adedeji Adegbenga, 39.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused are to be brought before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya on May 5. The trio are facing a six-count offence bordering on conspiracy, stealing, impersonation, forgery and use of false documents.

The EFCC counsel, Mr. Omeiza Adebola, said the men committed the offence sometime in May 2012 in Lagos.

The EFCC alleged that they stole a Zenith Bank cheque no. 09228222 for N4 million issued by MTN in favour of one Mr. Lanre Lawal.

The payment, the commission said, was for the acquisition of Lawal’s property for the installation of MTN’s base station.

Specifically, the EFCC stated that the suspects, after allegedly stealing the cheque, impersonated Lawal and opened an account with Guaranty Trust Bank, Ladipo Branch, where they cashed the money.

The offences, contravened the provisions of Sections 285 (9), 363, 364 (1), 387 (1) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. (NAN)

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