Lawyer, Others Sent To Prison Over N155M Fraud

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Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday ordered the remand of a lawyer, Barrister Idowu Adebayo Micheal, Mukaila Fakos and Engineer Rasaq Sefiu Adesina into prison for allegedly obtained the sum of N155million fraudulently.

Justice Oshodi ordered the remand of the trio following their plea of not guilty to the 11 count charge preferred against them by the Police.

According to the prosecution, the offences committed by the defendants borders on conspiracy to effect an unlawful purpose, fraudulent disposal of trust property, stealing, obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and Uttering of false document.

The prosecution said their offence contravene  sections 518(6), 434, 390(9), 516, 465 and 467 of the Criminal Code Cap C17 Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
Also, Section 8(a) and 1(3), 1(1)(a) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006.

The defendants was said to have conspired sometimes in 2009, unlawfully and unauthorised sale of property of Mr Idowu Musiliu Ololape Balogun at No 2, Kayode Taiwo street, Magodo, Lagos without his permission or consent.

The defendants, Engineer Adesina and Fakos sold the landed property to Barrister Idowu Adebayo Micheal for N35 million and fraudulently converted the money to your own use and benefit.

Part of the charge read that, ‘Mukaila Fakos, Engr. Rasak Sefiu Adesina, Barrister Idowu Adebayo Micheal, Babatunde Smith (at large) and Adigun Smith (at large), sometimes in 2010 in Ikeja conspired to obtained the sum of N120 million from one Lanre Obiesan by false pretence when you know you were not authorised to do so by the true owners unlawful sale of Mr Idowu Musiliu Ololape Balogun and Musbal Nig. Ltd’s property to him.”

They were alleged to have forged document titled; “Special Resolution of Musbal Nig. Ltd” dated December 8, 2010. “Form CAC 7” and “Consent Letter by Ayoola Fakos” and uttered false document to Guarantee Trust Bank through its member staff to act upon as genuine.

After their plea, prosecution counsel, Mr Emmanuel Jackson asked the court for short adjournment for trial and prayed the court to remand the defendants.

The defendants counsel, Lawal Pedro (SAN) in his response told the court that the 3rd defendant (Barr Micheal) filed application for bail. He said that they have been on bail granted them by the Magistrate court.

Pedro said he served the prosecution the bail application which was confirmed by Mr Jackson but needed  to respond. He prayed the court not to remand his client, noting that they (defendants) came from the Police custody to court.

Counsel to the second defendant, Mr O. Jimoh adopted the submission of 3rd defendant counsel (SAN).

Justice Oshodi thereafter adjourned  the matter till February 26, 2018 for hearing of bail application while he ordered that the defendants be remand in prison custody.