By SaharaReporters, New York
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 4 docked nine suspects at a Lagos State High Court in Lagos on two counts of intent to defraud, conspiracy and stealing of N16.4 million belonging to Mr. Aiyeola Matthew of Golden Treasures Investment Limited.
The EFCC said the money had been given to them to purchase them sum of $155,000.00.
The accused persons who appeared before Justice Oyekan Abdulahi were: Ebun Ashiyanbi, Kunle Alli, Oluwatoyin Afolabi, Zakariya Adamu (at large) and one Salisu (still at large). The companies were Dunnex Concept Bureau De Change Limited, Whittis Bureau De Change Limited, Beauty Sky Bureau De Change and Glabund Nigeria Limited. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecution counsel Ezekiel Upah urged the court to expunge the 7th accused, Whittis Bureau De Change, from the charge sheet but the judge demanded a written application to that effect.
The judge granted grated bail to the accused persons in the sum of N10million, but they are to provide two sureties each in like sum, with evidence of tax compliance. The sureties must own landed properties in Lagos and the properties are to be verified by the Alausa Registry and the EFCC for authenticity.
The judge also ruled that the third accused person, Oluwatoyin Afolabi, who is indisposed, be taken to the hospital, while the remaining two accused persons were asked to be remanded in EFCC custody.
The matter was adjourned to July 6, 2012.