The accused pleaded not guilty.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, arraigned one Emmanuel Olanipekun and four companies, M.O.F Investment Limited, Moshfad Enterprises, Komobosco Integrated Services and Fesbee Global Resources Limited before a Justice of the Federal High Court Abuja, Gladys Olotu, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
Mr. Olanipekun a former staff in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation is said to have conspired to obtain N649 million from the Pension Account thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
Mr. Olanipekun pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge when it was read out to him while O.N.Abikunle and E. C. Ikeji, counsels to the 2nd and 3rd, 4th and 5th accused persons (companies) respectively, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the companies.
Upon the plea of the accused person, his counsel, Mr. Ikeji prayed the court to grant the accused bail on the same terms and conditions earlier granted by another Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Mohammed Bello. The counsel to EFCC, Emmanuel Egwuagu from Godwin Obla’s Chambers did not oppose the bail application but asked the court to fix a date for trial.
Ms. Olotu granted the accused person bail in the following terms: N20 million; two sureties residing within the jurisdiction of the court and owning buildings in the city of Abuja; the accused must not travel outside the country without approval by the court and; the international passport of the accused is deposited in court.
Also on Tuesday, the Commission arraigned Abdul Mohammed and three companies (Salimpa Ventures Nigeria, Sa’azab Global Limited and Omaumali Ventures Limited) before Ms. Olotu on a three-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
Mr. Mohammed, a former staff in the office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria, is said to have conspired to obtain N150, 000 from the Pension Account thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him while A.S. Akpala entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the companies.