An Ex-banker, Adebayo Ogunnusi, was yesterday remanded in prison custody by Justice Sybil Nwaka of a Lagos High Court in Igbosere over alleged N15.4 million fraud.
The remand order was a sequel to his arraignment alongside his company, Track Train GMAT Limited, before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a count charge of obtaining by false pretence.
The 41-year-old former staff of Heritage Bank Plc, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Following his plea, EFCC’s lawyer, M. D Aliyu, while seeking a trial date urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Responding, Ogunnusi’s lawyer, Nelson Okesinachi, expressed his opposition to the request for the remand of his client in prison custody.
The lawyer argued that remanding the defendant in prison custody would amount to double jeopardy as he is currently answering to similar charge before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
He alleged that the anti-graft agency has been keeping him in its custody despite been granted bail by Justice Oguntoyinbo.
Justice Nwaka while ordering the remand of the defendant in prison custody said she will transfer the case file to the Chief Judge for re-assignment to another judge.
The EFCC’s lawyer had earlier informed the court that Ogunnusi obtained the said money from one, Kehinde, under a false pretence that he was the head of Heritage Bank Plc and that he could change the naira equivalent to dollar.
The offence which was allegedly committed between May and August 2016, was said to be contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the advance fee fraud and other related offence Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.