Pole denies jumping bail, ready for fraud trial

The Polish woman had allegedly swindled a Nigerian of N16. 9 million

A Polish Woman, Dora Gilmaska, accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of cheating a Nigerian off his N16.9 million, dramatically appeared in court and denied she was evading arrest.

Ms. Gilmaska, was absent at the last court sitting, making the EFCC postulate to the court that the she jumped bail. The commission had also declared her wanted on its website.

Ms. Gilmaska is facing a four-count charge of obtaining the sum of N16.9 million from one Tayo Olugbemi under false

pretence. The Pole, who is the Executive Officer of Icon Media and Marketing Agency Ltd, is also accused of issuing dud cheques for the same amount to Mr. Olugbemi.

The suspect denied that she jumped bail claiming that she had been on admission in a hospital in Port Harcourt.

Her counsel, Chris Okoye, told Justice Abubakar Umar that his client neither jumped bail nor evaded arrest by the EFCC.

Mr. Okoye told the court that his client was never served with the charge sheet to prepare for her defense.

The counsel to EFCC, Samuel Ugwuegbulam, disagreed with the submission of the defence counsel, saying that the suspect was lying to the court.

He prayed the court to order for her immediate arraignment, and reminded the court that the woman had jumped the administrative bail granted her by the EFCC in September 2011.

“We have been here on several occasions, asking for adjournment because the suspect jumped bail over a

year ago and refused to keep to the terms it was granted.

“We want the suspect to be arraigned today, because we are afraid that she might not come back on a later date

to be arraigned,” he said.

Mr. Umar recalled that the court had granted the EFCC the leave in August 2011 to arraign the suspect. He ordered the suspect to appear in court unfailingly on October 8 for arraignment.

The judge also ordered the EFCC to serve the suspect with the charge sheet and other court processes, to enable her prepare for her defense.

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