The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, on July 14, 2021, arraigned one Johnson Ofortube on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining by false pretence before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State.
One of the counts reads: "Johnson Ofortube, on or about the 29th day of July 2010 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, stole and fraudulently converted the sum of N9,000,000 (Nine Million Naira), property of Sir George Obinna Ihetu entrusted to you as the purchase price of two and half plots of land lying, being and situate at New Okota Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (L.S.P.D.C.) of Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State."
He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.
In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, prayed the Court for a trial date "to enable the prosecution prove its case against the defendant."
Justice Abike-Fadipe adjourned the case till August 4, 2021 for the defence to file its bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded at a Correctional Facility pending his release on bail.
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14 July, 2021