$6.7m fraud: EFCC charges Globacom, 1 other to Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), today, charged telecommunication giant, Globacom Limited, and its Executive Direction of Marketing, Ashok Israni, before an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy and $6. 6 million fraud.
However, the arraignment of the communication giant and its Executive Director of Marketing was stalled due to the absence of the defendants.

In the charge, the EFCC through its Head of Legal, Mr. Anselm Ozioko, informed the court that both Mr. Israni and Globacom Limited had sometimes in 2008, with an intent to defraud, induced a foreign firm, Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide Blackberry Solutions Services valued $6. 674.61 million, on the understanding that the benefit would be paid for which pretence they knew to be false. 

The offence according to the EFCC is contrary to and punishable under section 1(2)&(3) of the Advance Fees Fraud and other Related Offences, 2004.

The prosecutor had informed the court that nformed the court that EFCC was making efforts to produce Israni, who had been granted an administrative bail by the agency and several invite sent to the firm for trial was not honoured.

Mr. Ozioko pleaded for a very short adjourned date to enable the intelligence team of his agency to arrest the first defendant.

Ozioko application for adjournment was granted by the presiding Judge, Justice Olusola Williams, their arraignment was consequently adjourned till May 15.

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