Court Jails Retired Top Military Officer 13 Years For N45million Fraud

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction and sentencing of a retired Navy Captain, Jerry Ogbonna, earlier than Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

Ogbonna was jailed for stealing and acquiring cash below false pretences to the tune of N5 million.

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An announcement issued by the EFCC on Thursday stated Ogbonna, alongside his firm, Obyke System Consult Limited, obtained the sum of N45 million from Diamond Bank Plc by falsely presenting to the financial institution that the stated cash represented the mobilisation price from the Department of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The convict had beforehand appeared earlier than Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court in 2016, earlier than the case was struck out after a number of makes an attempt to have him take his plea proved abortive, the assertion added.

However, the matter was subsequently re-assigned to Justice Dada.

He was arraigned on April 19, 2018, on 5 counts, to which he pleaded not responsible.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Navy Captain Jerry Ogbonna (retd.) and Obyke System Consult Ltd, on or about the 5th day of July 2012 at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, conspired among yourselves to wit; stealing of forty-five million naira, properties of Diamond Bank Plc and committed an offence contrary to section 409 and 5(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.”

Another depend reads: “That you, Navy Captain Jerry Ogbonna (retired) and Obyke System Consult Ltd, sometime in July 2012 at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of (N45,000,000.00) forty-five million naira, properties of Diamond Bank Pic, which was erroneously paid to you by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and was later reversed into your Fidelity Bank account on the 5th day of July 2012, which you never did, and committed an offence contrary to Section 285(1) and 278(1)b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

In view of his plea, the prosecution, led by A.B.C. Ozioko, commenced trial on January 14, 2019.

During the course of the trial, the prosecution known as six witnesses and tendered a number of items of proof to show the guilt of the defendant.

Upon conclusion of trial, Justice Dada discovered the defendant responsible of the offences and sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment on depend one; seven years on depend two, and three years on depend 5 of the cost respectively.

Justice Dada additionally ordered that the corporate must be wound up and pay a superb of N5 million.

The convict was additionally ordered to make restitution of N45 million to Diamond Bank Plc.

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Court Jails Retired Top Military Officer 13 Years For N45million Fraud

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