At the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Judicial Division on Monday 19 June 2017 ordered that a retired Navy Capt. Jerry Ogbonna, who allegedly defrauded two commercial banks in Nigeria of total sum of N90million, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The matter came up for hearing before the honourable Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the High Court, Ikeja Division ordered that Capt. J. Ogbonna should be remanded following his plea of not guilty to the two-counts-charge of obtaining money under false pretences.
The accused and his company, Obyke Consult Ltd., are being prosecuted by the Nigeria fraud agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged purported fraud.
EFCC prosecution counsel, Zainab Ettu (Miss), informed the honourable court that Capt. J. Ogbonna allegedly committed the crimes, obtaining money under false pretences sometimes in April and August 2012.
EFCC counsel further stated that within the stated period, Capt. J. Ogbonna maliciously and fraudulently received N45million from two commercial banks in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank P and another N45m from Diamond Bank P.
That the accused person, Capt. J. Ogbonna disclosed in the cause of investigation and claimed that the received money was mobilisation fees from the Department of Petroleum Resources.
While argument was ongoing in the court, the defence lawyer to Capt. J. Ogbonna, Mr. A. A Ossai Esq., pleaded and urged the honourable judge of the High Court presiding over the matter to allow his client Capt. J. Ogbonna to remain in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody in Ikoyi, Lagos and not prison custody till the next adjoined hearing date when his bail application would be heard before the court.
The honourable Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Judicial Division ruled and order that Capt. J. Ogbonna be remanded in the EFCC custody till the next adjourned date for hearing of his bail application.
Case adjourned till July 4 and 5 2017 for continuation of trial.