EFCC Re-Arraigns Lovers Over Alleged N17.5m Charcoal Fraud

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EFCC has re-arraigned lovers for involvement in N17.5M Charcoal fraud.
News Rain gathered that lovers, namely, Alice Peace John and her boyfriend, Fadi Alloush have on Wednesday been re-arraigned before Justice Bayo Taiwo of Oyo State High Court, Ibadan following their involvement in alleged fraud charcoal transactions.
The lovers who were re-arraigned by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for three-count charges of conspiracy,
stealing and obtaining the sum of N17, 500, 000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) under false pretenses.

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According to the press release by the Dele  Oyewale, the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, which a copy was made available to the pressmen in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State, stated that one of the charges read, “That you Fadi Alloush and Alice Peace John between the 18th October 2019 and 23rd December 2019 at Ibadan, within Ibadan Judicial Division of this honorable court, did commit an illegal act to wit: stealing of the sum of N17,500,000    (Seventeen Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only), the property of Coco-Dor Nigeria Limited and Houssam Nasreddine.”
The offense is contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Laws, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which prosecution counsel,  Dr. Ben Ubi, applied for a trial date, while defense counsel, Olukunle Kamisi prayed the court to allow the bail earlier granted the defendants subsist.
Justice Taiwo granted the defendants’ prayer.
According to the judge, “The bail shall subsist and that in the event where there is a delay on the defendants’ part, their bail will be revoked.”   He adjourned the matter till October 8, 2020, for trial.
It could be recalled that the defendants were initially arraigned before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the  Oyo State High Court on March 17, 2020, but had to be re-arraigned on Wednesday following the reassignment of the case to Justice Taiwo.
The defendants’ journey to the dock stretched from January to December 2019, when the victim, Houssam Nasreddine transferred a total sum of N17, 500, 000.00 to the account of the first defendant,  John,  for the purchase of charcoal from Iwere lle, Oyo State for export, which the defendant bought and loaded in containers at the Hapag LLOYD Shipping Company, Apapa, Lagos for exportation,  but rather than sell the goods in the name of the rightful owner, she allegedly connived with her boyfriend, Alloush and transferred the ownership of the goods and sold them off.
The petitioner added that all efforts he made to retrieve either the charcoal or his money were frustrated by the defendants.
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