4 Cops To Be Arraigned Over Allegedly Stealing of N1.3bn


Four police officers and two firms billed to be arraigned today, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, for allegedly diverting N1,301,334,108 from the coffers of the Nigeria Police Force.

The cops and the firm arraignment has been adjourned till November 7, due to non understanding of English language of one of the suspects.

The cops and the firm who are to be arraigned before before Justice Sherifat Solebo are: Olumide Odumosu, Sule Tegina, Helen Nwafor and Okpalugo Ifeoma, Olu Osmond Nigeria Limited and Jemmy Yus Investment Nigeria Limited.

They are being charge on 14 counts bordering on conspiracy, fraud, unlawful conversion and stealing.

EFCC in the charge marked, Temp/39698/2018, the defendants allegedly stole the N1.3bn from the coffers of the Nigeria Police Force and fraudulently converted it to their own between 2013 and 2014.

The anti-graft agency alleged in the charges that the defendants conspired with one Ogbadu Joseph and one Hassan Muhammed, who were said to be at large.

The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the defendants acted contrary to Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and were liable to be punished under Section 285(1) of the same Act.

The defendants were billed to be arraigned in court on today but the proceedings were stalled as the 3rd defendant, Helen Nwafor, told the court that she did not understand English language and would require the charges to be translated to her in Igbo language.

Consequently, the judge adjourned the matter till November 7, 2018 to get an Igbo interpreter.

The defence counsel, A.O. Osinfowora, however asked that the defendants should be returned to the EFCC, but Justice Solebo turned the prayer down and ordered instead that the defendants should be remanded in the prison custody.

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