An Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos on Tuesday heard how a businessman, one Mr Victor Uadiale and a pilot, Captain Everest Nnaji allegedly defrauded a Kuwait citizen, Tawfeeq A. Al-Omar, to the tune of $5 million.
The duo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on an amended three-count charge bordering on fraud and obtaining by false pretence contrary to Section 8(a) and 1(3) of the advance fee fraud and other fraud related offences act
The antigraft agency said that the duo committed the alleged offences between April 22 and October 12, 1998 in pretence of payment for purchasing Urea phosphate fertilizer fornthe Kuwaiti.
However, a prosecution witness, one Mr Daniel Galadima, told the court that the Commission recovered some documents, during the course of investigation, allegedly used to carry out the purported criminal activity.
Galadima, an investigation officer, while being led in evidence by the EFCC Counsel, I.A Mohammad, said that the documents recovered were purported to have emanated from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) and the Federal High Court.
“We were able to recover an Oceanic Bank cheque, now called Ecobank, in the sum of 3 million dollars.
“Also, we found letters which purportedly emanated from the office of the Secretary to the Federal government of Nigeria and several other government agencies such as the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON).
“But by facial recognition, during our investigation, we knew that the documents were fake and did not emanate from those offices,” the witness said.
The investigation officer also said that the nominal complainant told him that he met the defendants through the consular officer of the Nigerian Consulate office in Kuwait, one Mr Hannani Bomammi.
He also went further to explain that the investigation carried out revealed that the nominal complainant was hoping to buy Urea fertilizer from Nigeria when he was defrauded.