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Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, ordered the remand of a former director of Bank PHB (now Keystone), Funmi Adenmosun in Ikoyi’s Centre of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) following his inability to perfect his bail conditions.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on January 21 arraigned Adenmosun, before the court over alleged N26.6 billion money laundering.

He was arraigned alongside his company, Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited and a private company, Rare Properties and Development Limited.

He was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N250 million with two sureties.

However, at the resumed trial today, Adenmosun who was initially remanded in EFCC custody, however requested to be remanded in Ikoyi Correctional Centre until he meets his bail conditions.

Consequently, Justice Osiagor granted his request and remanded him to Ikoyi Correctional Centre.

During the trial, EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Sulaiman I. Sulaiman informed the court that the verification of documents presented by the sureties is still ongoing.

He told the court that he was ready to commence trial and that one of his witnesses was in court.

But, Justice Osiagor wondered why the prosecution was taking too long on the verification of documents submitted by the sureties.

The judge observed that the anti-graft agency imposed conditions that were not in the original order made by the court.

Therefore, the court stopped the EFCC from carrying out the verification of the sureties, adding only the court will carry out the exercise.

Meanwhile, the prosecution today called its first witness, Mr. Segun Adesomoju, the Compliance Officer, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), who told the court that his bank received a letter from the EFCC requesting for account details of the defendants.

However, an attempt by the EFCC prosecutor to tender some of the account statements hit a brick wall as the defence lawyer, Mr. Wale Adesokan, SAN, objected to their admissibility.

Following the objection, EFCC lawyer, Sulaiman urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him do what is needed.

The case has been adjourned till today (Friday) for the continuation of trial.

The defendants were arraigned on a 10-count charge bordering on conspiracy, money laundering and fraudulent conversion of the proceeds of private placement raised from the public in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc.

Adenmosun pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Some of the charges against the defendant read: “That you, Funmi Adenmosun and Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited and Rare Properties and Development Limited sometimes in 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to convert the sum of N26, 600, 000, 000 (Twenty Six Billion, Six Hundred Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the proceeds of private placement raised from the public in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary ta section 18 tab of the Money | laundering Prohibition Art, 2011 a8 amended and punishable under section 15 (2) (b) of the same Art

“That you Funmi Adenmosun and Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited on or about the 8 day of November 2007, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly transferred the sum of N450,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty-Five Million Naira) to Rare Properties and Development Limited which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Pic and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Rare Properties and Development Limited or about the 8 day of November 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court retained the sum of N450,000,060.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty-Five Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2} (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Funmi Adenmosun and Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited, on or about the 9th day of November 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourabie Court indirectly transferred the sum of N610.600,000.00 (Six Hundred and Ten Million Naira) to Rare Properties and Development Limited which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent Conversion of funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary ta section 15 (2) (b} of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Rare Properties and Development Limited on or about the 9” day of November, 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court retained the sum of N610,000,000,00 (Six Hundred and Ten Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2017 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Funmi Adenmosun and Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited, on or about the 12th day of November, 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly transferred the sum of N702, 000, 000.00 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira} to Rare Properties and Development Limited which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Pic and you thereby commitied an offence contrary to section 15 (2} (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Rare Properties and Development Limited on or about the 12th day of November, 2007 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court retained the sum of N702, 000, 000. 00 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent conversion of the funds raised from the subscribers to the private placement conducted in the name of Investments & Allied Assurance Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering. Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.

“That you, Funmi Adenmosun and Home Trust Savings and Loan Limited on or about the 13th day of November, 2007, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly transferred the sum of N706,000,000.00 (Seven Hundred and six million) to Rare Properties and Development Limited which you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of fraudulent Conversion of the funds raised from the subscriber to the private placement conducted in the name of investment & Allied Assurance Plc and you hereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2)(4) Of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same act.”

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