Operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, western Nigeria, have arraigned a businessman, Haruna Ayuba, 45, who claimed to be a bureau d’change agent before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N16,250,000 under false pretence.
He was arraigned on a four-count charge of felony, to wit: obtaining money under false pretence. The police prosecutor, DSP Raymond Odion Akhaine, told the court that the accused from Ginjawa LGA in Kano State and a resident of Agege was arrested following a written complaint by two men, Alhaji Garuba Jabbo and Mr. Jude Obiora, that the accused claimed to be a Bureau D change agent and collected the sum of N8m and N8.250m from them respectively on trust to sell the dollar equivalent for them.
Akhaine said the accused failed to sell the dollars to the complainant and instead absconded with their money. He said the offences the accused committed contravened sections 8( C), 1(A) and 1(3) of the advanced fee fraud and other related offences act, 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge in the open court and the counsel to the accused prayed the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms.
The presiding judge, Justice Anike admitted him on bail and adjourned the matter for mention.