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N82.8m theft: Court adjourns arraignment of Cross Country chief

An Ikeja High Court on Thursday adjourned the arraignment of a popular transporter, Bube Okorodudu, over an N82.8 million theft, till Feb.12.

The arraignment, which was earlier fixed for Feb. 6, was adjourned because it was not listed for hearing by the court in its cause list.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorodudu and his transport firm, Cross Country Ltd., will be arraigned alongside another company, Car Link Ltd.

The defendants would be arraigned before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They are facing a nine-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and uttering.

The EFCC counsel, Mr Francis Usani, alleged that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit the offences between February and August, 2009.

Usani said they stole the money through the fraudulent sale of 17 units of Volkswagen transporter buses belonging to AG Moeller Ltd.

According to him, the buses are fraudulently sold to GMT Nigeria Ltd; Multichoice Nigeria Ltd; and Law Union and Rock/TFS Finance Ltd.

He also accused the defendants of forging a document entitled: “Nigeria Customs Service Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate,” to facilitate the alleged stealing.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 390, 467 and 468 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

NAN recalls that the offence of stealing attracts between seven and 20 years imprisonment, if an accused is found guilty. (NAN)



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