EFCC: Lovers Re-arraigned In Court Over Alleged N17.5m Charcoal Fraud


*case adjourned till October 8

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Two lovers were on Wednesday re-arraigned before an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) for alleged N17.5 million fraud in sale of charcoal.

The lovers, Alice Peace John, alongside her boyfriend,  Fadi Alloush were arraigned before Justice Bayo Taiwo on three-count charges  of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining the sum of N17, 500, 000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) under false pretences. 
In the charges, the anti graft Commision said “Fadi Alloush and Alice Peace John between the 18th October, 2019 and 23rd December, 2019 at Ibadan, within Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court, did commit an illegal act to wit: stealing of the sum of N17,500,000    (Seventeen Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) , property of Coco-Dor Nigeria Limited and Houssam Nasreddine.”
It added that the offence ” is contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Laws, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State.
The two lovers  pleaded not guilty to the charges and the prosecution counsel,  Dr. Ben Ubi, applied for a trial date, while defence counsel, Olukunle Kamisi prayed the court to allow the bail earlier granted the defendants  subsist.
Justice Taiwo granted the defendants’ prayer, adding that, “the bail shall subsist and that in the event where there is delay on the defendants’ part, their bail will be revoked.”   
Justice Bayo Taiwo then adjourned the matter till October 8, 2020 for trial.
It would 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.ENDS.


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