BDC op­er­a­tor de­frauds

The Punch - - METRO - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

ABureau De Change op­er­a­tor, Jude Muomah, was on Tues­day ar­raigned be­fore the Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in La­gos for al­legedly de­fraud­ing two of his cus­tomers of $50.02m and N22m.

It was gath­ered that Muomah de­frauded one Ngozi Ifeny­inwa and Ek­wueme Onye­buchi of the sums on the pre­text of help­ing them send the money to their cus­tomers.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Muomah col­lected $50.02m from Ifeny­inwa on the pre­text of send­ing it to her cus­tomers, whose names were given as Moshuri and Cam­pu­cell, and col­lected N22m from Onye­buchi os­ten­si­bly to send to his sup­pli­ers in Dubai.

Muomah was ar­raigned by the po­lice from the Force Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment be­fore Jus­tice Oluremi Ogun­toy­inbo on seven counts bor­der­ing on steal­ing and ob­tain­ing un­der false pre­tences.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Morufu An­i­mashaun, said Muomah and oth­ers at large com­mit­ted the of­fences on May 25, 2019, at No. 10 Olawaiye Street, Ani­fowoshe, Ikeja, La­gos.

An­i­mashaun told the court that Muomah dis­ap­peared af­ter de­fraud­ing his vic­tims and that when they could not lo­cate him, the vic­tims re­ported the al­leged fraud to his of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to An­i­mashaun, the of­fences con­tra­vene sec­tions 8(a) and 1(c) of the Ad­vance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Re­lated Of­fences Act No. 14 of 2006 and are pun­ish­able un­der Sec­tion 1(3) of the same Act and Sec­tion 390 (9) of the

• Fed­eral High Court, La­gos

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