Bizman Re-Arraign by EFCC Over Alleged #84m Fraud

 

For alleged fraud of N84 million, a businessman, Edrian Osagie Ididia has been re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before a Lagos Special Offences Court Ikeja.

The defendant was re-arraigned before Justice Ismail Ijelu on two counts charge bordering on alleged obtaining by false pretence and stealing N84 million.

The defendant had sometime in 2022 arraigned before Justice Serifat Solebo now retired and he was granted bail.

However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, the EFCC counsel, Mr Ebuka Okogwu prayed the court to allow the two amended counts charge dated November 25, 2021 be read to the defendant to take his plea.

His prayer for re-arraignment was not opposed by defendant counsel, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN).

He was therefore re-arraigned on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing of the N84 million.

EFCC alleged that Ididia obtained money by false pretence contrary to Sections 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

He was alleged to have obtained N84 million ‘with intent to defraud’ one Mark David Umeh on the false representation that he had three Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for sale in September 2019, knowing fully well that his claim was false.

His offence of stealing contrary to Sections 278 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, No 11, 2011.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Part of the charge read that, Adrian Osagie Ididia between the September 13, 2019 and October 29, 2019 at Lagos within the court jurisdiction dishonestly stole and converted to his use, the sum of N84,000,000.00 property of Mr Mark David Umeh.

Following his plea of not guilty, EFCC counsel prayed the court to remand the defendant in Correctional Facility and also fixed date for trial.

In his submission, defendant counsel, Awosika, told court that he has filed an application for bail, it dated May 2. He prayed the court to allow his client to continued on the bail earlier granted by the retired Justice Solebo.

He submitted that the defendant did not at any time violated the the conditions of the bail granted and he has always been in court.

He told the court to admit the defendant to bail, added that he had been granted bail by a Federal High Court in a similar matter.

He maintained that the defendant is ready to stand trial and he would not jump bail if granted by the court.

But the EFCC counsel filed a counter affidavit to opposed the bail application. Okongwu submitted that the defendant worked in a construction company in Canada and that he has a Canadian Passport.

“He does not even lived in the address he wrote in the statement.The address was traced on the Google and it was discovered that is was a shot let apartment.”

He added that defendant has no residential address for the commission to trace him.

Awosika (SAN) responded that the he resides in Benin and that added his international passport was deposited at the Federal High Court in another matter. The counsel therefore undertake to bring him at the next adjournment date, prayed the court to release the defendant to him that he will get his family to prepare for his bail bond.

After listened to both counsel, Justice Ijelu fixed May 22 for ruling on bail application and therefore released India to Awosika SAN, to bring him on next adjourn date.