Dele Abiodun, Others Charged With Fraud

Dele Abiodun

Dele Abiodun

Three former executives of the Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) were on Tuesday docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for an alleged fraud of more than N16.1 million belonging to the association.

Dele Abiodun

The accused, Dele Abiodun, 62, Akinnehin Idowu, 43, and Kunle Ponnle, 59, are standing trial on a five-count charge of conspiracy, fraud, stealing, cheating and concealing of document.

The prosecutor, SP Frank E.A. Emerho, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence between Sept. 30, 2006 and April 22, 2010 on the Lagos Island.

Emerho alleged that the accused obtained several cash on behalf of the association in order to execute some projects but did not do same and could not give proper account to PMAN.

He said that in 2006, the accused received N4 million from Nigerian Breweries PLC, N5.8 million from Smooth 98.1 FM and N4 million from Osun Government to organise some concerts.

He alleged that the accused also obtained under pretence N2 million for induction ceremony in 2010 and N360,000 was obtained from the association to supply a generator.

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The prosecutor alleged that the three accused concealed the association’s statement of account in order to defraud.

He said that the total amount obtained under pretence amounted to N16.1 million.

He alleged that the offence contravened Sections 390(9), 391, 419, 421 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

The accused all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs. F. O. Aigbokhaevbo, granted them bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties each in like sum.

The case was adjourned till Aug. 8, 2011 for further hearing.

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