Saturday, July 20, 2024

 

Court Acquits, Discharges Oil Marketer, Aleem Olaitan Of $100,000 Fraud

Must Read

Ogun Approves Construction Of Additional Five Roads

  The Ogun State Executive Council has approved the construction of five additional roads across the State. Commissioner for Works and...

Ogun State Set to Register Additional 100,000 Farmers Under OGFIMS

    The Ogun State Government has announced plans to register an additional 100,000 farmers under the Ogun State Farmer Information...

Court Orders 9mobile To Pay ,N55bn Debt To Keystone Bank

  A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Yelin Bogoro has ordered Teleology Nigeria Limited, owners...

 

Aleem Olaitan
Justice Abdulaziz Anka, of the  Federal High Court, Lagos on Friday acquitted and discharged an oil marketer, Aleem Suleiman Olaitan, of $100,00.00  fraud, filed against him by the police.
In acquitting and discharging the oil marketer of the four counts amended charge, filed by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Justice Anka held that the prosecution failed woefully to prove every ingredients of the allegations beyond every reasonable doubt.
Apart from acquitting and discharging the businessman of the allegations, the judge also ordered the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, to release to him all his properties seized by the police.
The oil marketer, Aleem Suleiman Olaitan, was first arraigned before the court on March 8, 2016, on two counts charge of alleged false pretence and fraudulently obtaining the sum of $100, 000 USD, from a foreign company, Topkings Partner (HK) Limited, under the pretence of supplying petroleum product.
The allegations which he vehemently denied and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his not guilty plea, the prosecution opened it’s case and called a total of seven witnesses and  as well tendered some documents, which were admitted in exhibits by the court.
Upon conclusion of the prosecution’s case, the oil marketer, opened his defence and maintained his innocence on all the charges.
At the resumed hearing of the matter in January this year, the prosecutor, Mr. Emmanuel Jackson, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), who is also Head of PSFU’s Legal and prosecution Section, informed the court of the amended charge against the defendant.
This was however opposed by  lawyer to the oil marketer, Mr. Chimezie Victor Ihekweazu (SAN), who vehemently opposed the prosecution’s application for not obtaining the leave of court.
Upon the objection raised by the defence team, the presiding judge, Justice Anka, ordered parties to file their addresses on whether the prosecution can amend charges without leave of the court.
Justice Anka, ruling on submissions of parties, after citing series of legal authorities, dismissed the objection raised by the defence, and held that the prosecution did not need the leave of the court to amend charges in criminal case.
The judge consequently ordered that the amended charge be ready to the defendant to take his plea.
In the amended charge, oil marketer, who operates under the name and style of Alimity Obanisare Oil And Gas Nigeria Limited, was alleged of inducing the foreign company, Topkings Partner (HK) Limited, to enter into a contract with him and falsely claimed to be reliable businessman who could supply crude oil to them in China, by falsely telling them that he was in a joint venture with NNPC.
He was also alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $100, 000 USD, through his FCMB account, that the money will be used to lift and ship the crude oil to the company in China.
He was also alleged to have forged several documents which include: Letter of Authorization; Certificate of Quality; Certificate of Origin; Letter of Acceptance; Certificate of Compliance and Letter of Introduction, purporting them to have emanated from NNPC and NNPC Joint Venture Operators in Bonny Island, Rivers State, which he allegedly used  to defraud his victim, Topkings Partner (HK) Nigeria Limited.
CSP Jackson told the court that the offences contravened sections 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 but punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act. And Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 but punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor also said the offences contravened section 465 of the Criminal Code, Cap C 38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 but punishable under Section 467 of the same Code. And Section 468 of the Criminal Code, Cap C 38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 but punishable under Section 467 of the same Code.
In defending the allegations, the oil marketer consistently said that he was never an agent of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
He also told the court that his inability to fulfill his own parts of the contract with the foreign company, was largely caused by Topkings Partner (HK) Limited, in fulfilling its terms of the contract.
The oil marketer, through his lawyer therefore urged the court to dismiss all the charges against him.
Delivering judgment on the matter today, Justice Anka, after analyzing both parties submissions, exhibits tendered and citing series of  authorities held that the prosecution failed to establish all the ingredients of the charges against the oil marketer.
In particular, the judge held that most of the witnesses called by the prosecution were not necessary witness to the matter.
Justice Anka also held that the prosecution failed to investigate the claim of the oil marketer on his claim of the agency he work for.
Consequently, the judge held that the prosecution failed to establish the offences of conspiracy obtaining by false pretence, fraud and forgery against the oil marketer.
After acquitting and discharging the oil marketer, the judge also ordered the PSFU on release all properties seized to him, in the cause of investigation and trial of the charge.
In acquitting and discharging the oil marketer, Justice Anka held: “It is hereby declared that the defendant is not guilty of all the offences charged and you are hereby discharged and acquitted.
“All the properties forfeited are hereby ordered to be returned to the Defendant.
“An order of this honourable court is hereby granted unfreezing the money in account No. 0031104453 With account name ALIMITY OBANISARE & GAS NIG. LTD operated by the Defendant in Sterling Bank Plc.
“The landed property situate at No. 2, Oke-Amu Avenue, off Governor’s Road, Ikotun, Lagos covered by Deed of Assignment and other Title Deeds temporary forfeited is hereby ordered to be returned to the Defendant.”

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
Latest News

Ogun Approves Construction Of Additional Five Roads

  The Ogun State Executive Council has approved the construction of five additional roads across the State. Commissioner for Works and...

Ogun State Set to Register Additional 100,000 Farmers Under OGFIMS

    The Ogun State Government has announced plans to register an additional 100,000 farmers under the Ogun State Farmer Information Management System (OGFIMS), bringing the...

Court Orders 9mobile To Pay ,N55bn Debt To Keystone Bank

  A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Yelin Bogoro has ordered Teleology Nigeria Limited, owners of 9Mobile Network, to pay...

Osunbiyi Alagbo Onilewaji Family Warns Against Trespassing On Land …Says court judgement fully executed 

Consequent upon the judgement of a Lagos state High Court,Epe division presided over by Justice S.A Olaitan, the Osunbiyi Alagbo Onilewaji Family of ibeju...

Dangote Group Targets $30bn Revenue To Strengthen Naira

The President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said that his businesses’ $30bn revenue target by the end of 2025 will boost the naira. Dangote...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -