EFCC ar­raigns man for im­per­son­at­ing, dup­ing Fashola

The Punch - - NEWS - Oladimeji Ra­mon

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion on Mon­day ar­raigned one Ma­lik Wak­ili for al­legedly im­per­son­at­ing the Min­is­ter of Works and hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola, and de­fraud­ing the min­is­ter to the tune of N3,106, 216.

Wak­ili, who was ar­raigned be­fore the Fed­eral high Court in Lagos, was said to have al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence in March this year.

The EFCC told Jus­tice C.J. Aneke that Wak­ili con­spired with one Ab­dul­lahi Umar, said to be at large, “to fraud­u­lently im­per­son­ate Mr Ba­batunde Raji Fashola (SAN), with in­tent to gain mone­tary ad­van­tage for your­self.”

Ac­cord­ing to the EFCC, the de­fen­dant “con­verted the to­tal sum of N3,106,216, be­ing the value of the Air-miles Sky­wards Ac­count Num­ber EK24873928­2 of Mr Ba­batunde with the Emi­rate Airline and which sum you rea­son­ably ought to have known formed part of the pro­ceeds of your un­law­ful ac­tiv­ity, to wit: fraud.”

The pros­e­cu­tion said Wak­ili acted con­trary to sec­tions 15(2) (a) and 27(1)(b) of the Money Laun­der­ing (Pro­hi­bi­tion) Act and was li­able to be pun­ished un­der sec­tions 15(3) and 22(3) (a) of the same Act.

The de­fen­dant, how­ever, pleaded not guilty to the three counts pressed against him.

Jus­tice Aneke ad­journed till De­cem­ber 17 (today) to rule on the bail ap­pli­ca­tion filed on his be­half by his lawyer, Eubena Anedu.

The pros­e­cut­ing coun­sel for the EFCC, Ud­uak Kufre, did not op­pose the bail ap­pli­ca­tion; he only urged the judge to im­pose con­di­tions that would en­sure that the de­fen­dant at­tend his trial.

The judge or­dered that Wak­ili should be re­manded in the prison cus­tody, pend­ing the rul­ing on his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

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