The accused persons who pleaded not guilty to the 2-count charge were arrested by operatives of the Commission following a petition by Senator Tunde Ogbeha, alleging attempt to swindle him in a non- existent transaction.
Williams was said to have told the petitioner that his company was ready to award him (the complainant) the sum of £10,000,000 (Ten Million Pound) for his consignment that was mishandled by an unnamed courier company.
There was however a caveat. He would pay the clearing /service fee of about £11,000 (Eleven Thousand Pound).
Aware that he was not expecting any consignment, the petitioner told the accused persons that his driver would pick them on arrival in Nigeria to his office in Abuja for further discussion.
It was during the meeting in his office that the accused persons were handed over to the EFCC.
One of the charges read: “That you Abiodun Akorede, aka Kwesi John Mensah, Sherif Olaseni Ajaga, aka Rowland Komolafe and other still at large on or about December 5, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud one Gen. Tunde Ogbeha did attempt to obtain the sum of £11,000 (Eleven Thousand Pound) only under the pretence that the said sum was meant for clearing charges for a non-existing transaction, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other, Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”
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