*ordered to be remanded at Nigerian Correctional Centre
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A 46 years old socialite was on Monday arraigned before an Ogun State High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office for alleged N35 million scam.
The 46years old socialite, Mary Maisirat Akerele was arraigned before Justice Abiodun Akinyemi sitting in Abeokuta, on a five count charge bordering on alleged stealing to the tune of Thirty Five Million Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N35,520,000:00)
EFCC stressed that the socialite committed an offence of stealing contrary to Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30, laws of Ogun State, 2006”.
“That you, Mary Masirat Akerele (trading under the name and style of Goodness of Jesus Global Ventures) on or about the 19th day of September, 2018 at Abeokuta within the Abeokuta Judicial Division of the Honourable Court, fraudulently converted to the your own use the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11, 000,000.00) only property of Fausia Abike Oladoja and thereby committed an offence of stealing contrary to Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30, laws of Ogun State, 2006”.
Masirat pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge while her Counsel Barrister H. A Omikunle made an oral application for his client’s bail.
EFCC Counsel Shamsuddeen Bashir, opposed the application following the defendant’s failure to keep the terms of the administrative bail earlier granted her.
Justice Akinyemi then adjourned the case till March 4 for determination of the bail application an ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ibara,Abeokuta
EFCC recalled that trouble started for the 46-years-old socialite, who resides in Aseko area of Idiroko Ogun State, when the EFCC received a petition, alleging that she collected the said sum in installments from one Alhaja Oladoja Abike for the purpose of supplying four truck-load of rice from a rice milling company at Bida, Niger state but diverted the funds.