By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court, Abuja Division, yesterday, remanded an Abuja-based businessman, Peter Ojemeh, to Kuje prison over alleged N36 million fraud, pending perfecting of his bail conditions.
Ojemeh was yesterday arraigned on a two-count charge of Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offence by the Inspector General of Police.
The offence according to the prosecution is contrary to section 1(1) (a) and (c) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act.
Sequel to arraignment, counsel to the defendant, Johnbul Adaghe prayed the court to grant bail to his client who pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Reacting to the application, the prosecution counsel Abdulrahman Didi, informed the court that he will not be opposing the application as long as it was not based on self-recognizance.
Consequently, the trial judge, granted the defendant bail to the tune of N10 million and a surety in the like sum.
The court further directed him to deposit his International Passport with the court as well as barred from travelling out of the country without the permission of the court.
On the part of the surety, he must have a landed property in any part of Abuja worth the bail sum.
Justice Dimgba however ordered that the defendant be remanded in kuje prison pending when he perfect his bail terms.
Meantime, the matter has been adjourned to September 23, 2018 for trial. According to the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/60/2018 and dated May 8,
2018, “you Chief Peter Ojemeh on the 4th day of November, 2016, at No. 70 Ebutu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, by false pretence and with intent to defraud knowing well that you have been divested of the title of La’ Don Hotel Limited Jabi, Abuja by a court consent judgment in favour of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, dated 12th May, 2016, obtained from Sunny Arusuraire, the Managing Director of A.I.A International Limited, Abuja, N36,000,000 with the pretence of leasing the said hotel to him and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) and (c) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act.
”That you, Chief Peter Ojemeh between the months of November and December 2016, at No. 70 Ebutu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, did convert the sum of N36, 000,000 to yourself the property derived directly from the proceeds of theft with the aim of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the money and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 15 (1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, LFN, 2011.