EFCC Arraigns Bizman Over Alleged $550,000 Fraud

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A 40-year old businessman, Wilson Opuwei, was on Tuesday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly obtaining 550,000 dollars from another businessman, under false pretences.

Opuwei was arraigned alongside his company, Dateline Energy Services Ltd., before an Ikeja High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Habeeb Abiru.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused is facing a four-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretences and stealing.

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EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Aliu Yusuf, alleged that Opuwei had sometime in April 2011 in Lagos obtained a total sum of 550,000 dollars from one Prince Donatus.

He said the accused collected the money under the pretextof supplying the complainant with 500 tonnes of kerosene from the Pipeline Products and Marketing Company (PPMC).

Opuwei had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in EFCC custody, pending the hearing of his bail application fixed for May 31.