Woman docked for allegedly defrauding envoy, others of N364m, $7m

By AdvocateNews on 05/09/2020

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,061

A former head of logistics at Jezco Oil Nigeria ltd, Blessing Ogwatta, who allegedly defrauded an Ambassador and other to the tune of N364,072million and $7million, was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High court sitting in Lagos.

Ogwatta was docked before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, by Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.

The defendant is facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence and stealing preferred against her by ForceCID.

The prosecutor, Mr Boniface Asogwa, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said that the defendant alongside others, who are still at large, committed the alleged offence between November 2012 and August 2019, at SPOG Petrochemical Limited, Wharf, Apapa, Lagos.

Asogwa, told the court that the defendant with an intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of $7 million, from her former employer, Jezco Oil Nigeria Limited, under the pretence of using it for the importation of Base Oil and purchase plots of land for the construction of Blending Plant at Ibeju-Lekki, for the company.

He said that instead of using the money for the purpose she collected it for, fraudulently converted the sum of N7.5 million, part of $7 million, to her personal use, by buying land and building a residential house at Forthright Garden Estate Magboro Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Ogun State.


She was also alleged to have fraudulently received the sum of N40 million, from one Ambassador Ndubuisi Amaku, for oil and gas business but ended up converting, N27 million, part of the money to her personal use.

Asogwa, further told the court that the defendant, fraudulently obtained the sum of N44, 072 million, from Emeka Okafor under the pretence of doing Additive Importation Business with him, but fraudulently converted N13 million part of the money to her personal use.

The defendant was also alleged to have dishonestly stolen the sum of N18 million, part of N262 million loan obtained by her employer, Jezco Oil Nigeria Limited, from First City Monument Bank Plc.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to Sections 8(3); 1(a); 1(c) 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. And 390 (9) of the Criminal Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence.

In view of the defendant’s plea, Asogwa, asked the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand her in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) pending the determination of the charges against her.

However, counsel to the defendant, Mr O. Fatoki, informed the court that he has filed the defendant’s bail application and the same has been served on the prosecutor, whom he said had responded.

Justice Oweibo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million, with two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties must be landed property owners within the court’s jurisdiction, and show evidence of tax payment and means of livelihood, to the court.

The judge ordered that the bail terms should be verified by the Court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR).

He also ordered that the defendant should be remanded at ForceCID, Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, pending the fulfilment of her bail terms.

The case was adjourned till October 22, 2020, for trial.

Posted 05/09/2020 12:12:40 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Strike: IPMAN resumes distribution of products in S/E...

Relevance of Ijaw ethnic nationality threatened, says Goodluck...

Armed bandits strike in Kaduna, abduct 14

President Buhari appoints CEOs of Agencies

NAPTIP rescued 2,884 Lagos indigenes from traffickers in...

Independence: Nigeria is now on reverse gear –...

Ekwereamdu mourns Abba Kyari

FG makes Covid-19 Vaccination Card mandatory for Civil...

Breaking: Gunmen kill Enugu APC Youth Leader, one...

17 killed, 28 injured in China restaurant collapse...

Investigate Hushpuppi links with Atiku, Saraki, other PDP...

Senator Kashamu Buruji dies from COVID-19


Latest News I will kill you if you disrespect Oyedepo, Ibiyeomie warns Gunmen attack passenger Bus in Kwara 2023: Return secretariat to PDP, Atiku advises Umahi Fayemi’s Ex-SSG emerges Ekiti APC Governorship Candidate Man arrested for advertising fake eggs on social media Ikoyi Building Collapse: All victims died before rescue operations began – LASEMA NIPOST launches banking platform, e-debit card Randy man, 37, bags life imprisonment for raping 13-year-old girl sent on errand Mortuary for kidnapped victims uncovered in Rivers State Tension as soldier kills revenue agent at Onitsha bridgehead Man impregnates 14-year-old daughter in Bayelsa Six buried alive in Cross River


Most Read I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (266,444 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (266,443 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (266,443 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (266,442 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (266,441 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (266,440 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (266,439 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (266,439 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (259,306 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (258,156 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (200,121 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (198,515 views)






There are no video entries posted yet.