Woman allegedly defrauds hajj agency of N23.9m

General view of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah - RTX2OVJD


The police in Lagos State have arraigned a suspected fraudster for allegedly defrauding an Islamic pilgrimage agency of N23.9 million.

The alleged fraudster, Mrs. Edward Akinwunmi Olamide, was arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The police from the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti-Yaba, Lagos, alleged that the 32-year-old woman and others now at large, on November 30, 2017, conspired to commit the act of defrauding Alhujaaj International Umrah and Hajj Service.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Inspector Chinnalu Uwadione, are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411 and 287(7) of the Criminal Law Cap. Ch. C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Consequent upon her bail application, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Adelaja, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in the same sum.

The sureties according to the magistrate are to show to court evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos state government, and have their addresses and means of livelihood verified by the prosecutor.

The magistrate while adjourning till March 28 for trial, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of bail terms

Daily Trust