The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), arraigned a man identified as Moses Godia Shipi yesterday. He is the managing director, La Shipson Construction Nigeria Limited and was before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusufu of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 16-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N6.5million.
According to the spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, Shippi, allegedly conspired with one Harrison Ogar Job (at large) to defraud one Abiola Jacobs of Delmac Nigeria Limited of the said sum under the pretext that he had a contract for the supply of crude oil from the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation, to Ghana.
The offence is in contravention of Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, Diane Nkwap urged the court to fix a date for trial to commence and asked that the accused person be remanded in prison custody.
But, Shippi’s counsel, Caleb N. Ramnap prayed the court to admit his client to bail adding that the offence is bailable.
Justice Baba-Yusuf admitted the accused person to bail with the sum of five million naira with one responsible surety who must be a civil servant not below GL12 or any other person who has a landed property within the FCT.
The case has been adjourned to January 24, 2017 for hearing.
Meanwhile, one Okunmwendia Victor was also arraigned yesterday before Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin City on a three-count charge bordering on fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
Okunmwendia, 29, a graduate of Delta State University, is alleged to have presented himself as Sister Julia Imoke, founder and coordinator of Happy Home Orphanage in his attempt to extort money from unsuspecting persons.