Alleged N130m fraud: SFU drops charges against Ojikutu

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Feb 26th, 2014
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The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police on Wednesday dropped a three-count fraud charge against former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Sinatu Ojikutu.

Ojikutu was dragged before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding one Cajetan Okekearu of N130 million in September 2011.

She was said to have conspired with her son, Sampson Ojikutu, now at large, to obtain the sum from Okekearu under the pretence of selling their plot of land at Lekki phase 1, Victoria Island Lagos.

The complainant, according to the prosecution, had later discovered that their claim of ownership was false, because there was an already existing title to the land.

The alleged offence contravened Sections 1(a) (iii) and 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2004, as well as Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation.

But at the resumed trial on Wednesday, the prosecutor, Effiong Asuquo, told the court of SFU’s intention to withdraw the charges against Ojikutu.

Asuquo while tendering an oral application, urged the court to dismiss the charges against the former deputy governor.

Although the prosecution did not state the grounds for withdrawal of charges, it was gathered that the parties have resolved the issues.

In a short ruling, trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa accordingly struck out the charge.

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