73-Year Old Bags 24-Year Jail Sentence For Fraud

Anthony Abomeli

A 73-year old man, Anthony Abomeli, has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for fraud amounting to N71 million.

Abomeli was sentenced Friday, 3 June, by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

TheFact Nigeria gathered that Abomeli was arraigned by the EFCC on a nine-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheques, obtaining by false pretence and stealing to the tune of N71 million.

He was accused of defrauding a company, Nepal Oil and Gas Services Limited, in a business deal that involved the sale of land in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Investigation revealed that at the time the defendant was selling the land to the petitioner, the land had, in fact, been sold to someone else.

According to one of the counts, Abomeli, on 22 February, 2017, “obtained the sum of N71,000,000 from Nepal Oil and Gas Services Limited by falsely representing to the company that the piece and parcel of land, lying and situate at Iyaselensu, Onitsha in Anambra State was available for sale, devoid of any encumbrances when you reasonably ought to have known that the land was already encumbered.”

Another count charged against the defendant was that he issued a United Bank for Africa (UBA) cheque for the sum of N10,000,000 to Nepal Oil and Gas Services Limited, which when presented for payment within three months of issuance was dishonoured on the grounds of insufficient funds.

Abomeli pleaded not guilty to the charges, prompting a full-blown trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecuting counsel, G.C. Akaogu, called three witnesses and tendered 13 exhibits to prove the case against him.

The defendant, who took to the dock to defend himself, absolved himself of any wrong doing.

He had, in his examination-in-chief, claimed that the petitioner had pressured him into issuing the said dud cheques, and further claimed that he told the petitioner to wait for his instruction before presenting them in court.

Delivering judgment today, Justice Dada held that the prosecution successfully proved all the charges against the defendant and found him guilty as charged on all the counts.

The judge sentenced him to two years on counts one to seven; seven years on count eight, and three years on count nine.

The sentences are to run concurrently from January 2019.

A property traced to him was also forfeited as prayed by the prosecution, while he was also ordered to restitute the money to the complainant.

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