The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 13, 2017 arraigned the trio of Emmanuel Onubogu, Onyeka Godday and Mamudu Musa alongside their company, Zirconafrik Limited, before Justice O.A. Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of USD10, 000.00 (Ten Thousand United States Dollars).
The defendants allegedly approached the complainant, Adewale Olaiya, requesting the sum of $10, 000, which they said they needed as ‘‘authentication fee’’ for one million barrels of crude oil allocated to them by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for sale.
However, the defendants allegedly became elusive after receiving the money from the complainant.
One of the charges reads:
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.
In view of their plea, prosecution counsel, M.S.Usman, asked the court for a trial date and prayed that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
However, counsels to the defendants, pleaded with the court to grant their clients bail.
The prosecution counsel did not oppose the prayers of the defence counsels.
Consequently, Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter to March 22, 2017 for hearing of bail applications and ordered the defendants to be remanded in the EFCC’s custody