The Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigating Department has arraigned on Jude Muomah, a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator, before Justice Olufemi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding two of his customers to the tune of $50.02m and N22m.
The two customers Ngozi Ifenyinwa and Ekwueme Onyebuchi who gave Moumah the sum $50.02m and N22m respectively were defrauded by Muomah on the pretext of helping them send the money to their customers in Dubai.
Muomah and others who are currently at large committed the offence in May 2019 at Anifowoshe in Ikeja, Lagos. According to the prosecutor, Morufu Animashaun.
He pleaded not guilty of the 7 counts charge bordering on stealing and obtaining under false pretences.
The charges partly reads: “That you, Jude Muomah, and others now at large, on the aforesaid date, place and within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained $50.02m from one Ngozi Ifenyinwa, property of Mercy wankwo, under the pretext that you would transfer the money to her customers, one Moshuri and Campucell, a representation you knew to be false as you fraudulently converted the said sum to your own use, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
“That you, Jude Muomah, and others now at large, on May 24, 2019, at the aforesaid place and within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtain N22,000,000 from one Ekwueme Onyebuchi under the pretext that you would assist to transfer the money to his supplier in Dubai, a representation you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
Following the plea of the defendant, Animashaun asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand him till the determination of the case.
Responding to the plea of the prosecutor, the defendant’s counsel, Anthony Mukoro, said he had just been briefed about the case and urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him file the bail application.
After listening to both parties, Justice Oguntoyinbo adjourned the matter till March 10 and 11, 2020, for trial and ordered that the accused be remanded in a correctional centre till when his bail application would be filed and determined.