The Lagos Zonal Office of EFCC yesterday, March 29, 2019, arraigned two suspected fraudsters identified both as Feranmi Isaiah Akinluyi and Sogo Akinola, also known as Obaje, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja on a five-count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing a total sum of N24, 980, 000 (Twenty-Four Million, Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira).
The first defendant identified as Akinluyi, known to be a lawyer, and the second defendant identified as Akinola, also known to be a lawyer and also an employee of 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat Nigeria), allegedly swindled a number of unsuspecting victims by claiming to be into property business.
One of the charges reads:
“That you, Feranmi Isaiah Akinluyi and Sogo Akinola (alias Obaje), on or about the 24th June, 2016 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, induced Kelechi Okani Darlington to transfer the sum of N9,000,000 (Nine Million Naira) only into your Diamond Bank Account No. 0042435535, on the understanding that the said amount was to purchase a property known and situated on Plot 3, Block 1, Lekki County, Ikota Village, Lagos, which pretext you knew to be false.”
However, both defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought before them.
While in relation to their no guilty plea, the prosecution counsel led by one Ahmed Yerima, asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand them in prison custody until the trial date.
Counsel to the defendants identified as Olugbenga Akinlabi, told the court that the charge was served on the defendants on Friday morning in the court premises and that the defendants are standing trial before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja for a similar offence for which they are presently on bail.
Meanwhile, the Judge, Justice Dada, granted the 2 defendants bail and adjourned the case to May 6, 2019 for hearing of the bail applications and commencement of trial.