Job rip-off: Court remands NSCDC official in jail

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mrs Tosin Olagunju be remanded in Suleja jail in Niger State for acquiring N12,400,000.00 from job seekers beneath false pretence, with the promise that she has the capability to safe them employment.

Olagunju, who was arraigned on a four-count cost, for scamming job seekers cash, pleaded not responsible to the cost after it was learn to her.

After the defendant took her plea, the prosecuting lawyer, Princewill Eke, utilized for a date for the graduation of trial.

The Defense lawyer, M. A. Oloniruka, nonetheless, knowledgeable the court docket that he earlier filed a bail utility shortly earlier than the court docket commenced sitting.

The utility was, nonetheless, not within the court docket’s file and was on this notice, not ripe for listening to.

Oloniruka, being knowledgeable of the scenario of his utility, sought to use orally for his consumer’s bail.

Justice Nyako rejected the defence lawyer’s request to be allowed to use orally for bail, noting that the court docket is a court docket of file therefore all functions have to be formal and in writing.

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Nyako proceeded to order that Olagunju be remanded in jail pending the listening to of her bail utility scheduled for October 9.

“This matter is adjourned till October 9 for trial. The defendant should be remanded in Suleja correctional centre,” she mentioned.

Olagunju mentioned to reside in Karu Site, Abuja, in a swimsuit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/183/2024, filed within the title of the Inspector General of Police, was accused of the next:

Count one of many costs learn, “Sometime between 2010 to 2023, You Tosin Comfort Olagunji, obtained by false pretence and with intent to defraud Nigerians, including Billi Haruna Bwala, the sum of N12,400,000.00 in the pretence that you have the capacity of securing them employment with the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps and thereby defrauding them of N12, 400,000.00 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1(1)© of the Advance Free Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”

Count two reads, “That you Olagunju Comfort (f) of Karu Site, Abuja, sometime between your 2020 to 2023 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire with others to commit an office to wit: criminal conspiracy thereby commits an offence punishable under Section 97(1) of the Panel Code Act, 2004.”

In depend three, she was alleged to have, between the years 2020 and 2023, “been in any manner entrusted with services of securing employment with Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for Nigerians and dishonestly convert the sum of N12, 400,000.00 to your own use in violation of the direction of law prescribing the mode in which such trust is to be discharged and thereby commit an offence contrary to Section 311 and punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code Act 2004.”

Count 4 reads, “That you Olagunju Comfort (f) of Karu Site, Abuja sometime between the year 2010 and 2023 fraudulently and dishonestly induced some Nigerians to part with the sum of N12,400,000.00 am thereby cheating them of the said sum and causing damage to them and thereby commit an offence contrary to section 320 and punishable under section 322 of the Penal Code Act 2004.”



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