Igbo Big Boy On Vacation In Cell Over Smart Deals
OpenLife Nigeria reports that an Igbo big boy, Joseph Okwudili Unezugha, is currently out of the public space, observing vacation in a Correctional Centre over a smart deal that turned sour.
He is alleged to have forged documents with which he has so far defrauded unsuspecting partners in the sum of N66 million under Saint Joes International Agency Ltd.
The said Saint Joes International Agency Ltd was incorporated in Apapa, Nigeria with Registration Number 484691 on July 14, 2003 with office address No.1-3, Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos.
According to information, the owner and directors are Joseph Umezugha, ascribed as the owner and Nzenagu Umezugha, Shehu I. Garba as directors respectively.
The Lagos businessman has been ordered to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
Justice Daniel Osiagor made the order base on his plea of not guilty,after he was arraigned before the court.
The Police Prosecuting counsel, Justine Enang from the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigerian Police in a charge filed before the court alleged that Okwudili Umezugha and others now at large sometime in January 2022 in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, obtained the sum of N66,000,000 (Sixty Six Million Naira) by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, No. 14, of 2006.
When the charge was read to him, the he pleaded not guilty.
Consequently, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him in Correctional services while a date should be fixed for trial to commence.
However,his lawyer, C. O.Abubu told the court that he has file an application for his bail and same has been served on the prosecutor,but Barrister Enang retorted that he was served in court shortly before the arraignment and would need time to reply to the application.
Consequently, Justice Osiagor adjourned the matter till June 4,2023 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ikoyi correctional services.
Among other charges against him is:
“That you Joseph Okwudili Umezugha, male, sometimes in January 2022, within the aforementioned judicial Division of the Federal High Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of Sixty Six Million Naira (N66,000,000.00) from one Uchechukwu Umeh Elxor, male, through your bank account on the representation to him that you are a businessman and owner of Saint Joes International agency Ltd and Jessicas Global International & Suits Ltd, that you want him to partner with you in the business and that the money in question was his counterpart funding contribution to finance the operation of the business, but which representation you knew to be false or did not believe to be true as you subsequently converted the money to your personal use and benefit and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(i)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.