Dangote’s staff pleads guilty over 15m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned three employees of Dangote Cement, Ibese, Ogun State, before Justice O. J. Bamgbose of the High Court of Ogun State, Abeokuta, over an alleged N15m fraud.

The suspects, Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam were arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15m.

The complainant, Dangote Cement, alleged that Dalmeida, a Fleet Analyst; Lawal, Chief Driver; Adam, a Ghanaian driver and Olaniba, who is an agent of a contractor to Dangote Cement, diverted trucks carrying 800 bags of cement valued at over N15m.

They were said to have diverted the trucks carrying the bags of cement, which were meant for the company’s customers in Togo, using fake identification cards and number plate.

One of the count reads: ” That you, Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam, between May and August, 2018 at Ibese, within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit felony, to wit: stealing of the sum of N15, 940, 800.00 00 (Fifteen Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira) property of Dangote Cement Place”.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

Consequently, Justice Bamgbose adjourned till Wednesday for hearing of the bail applications.

During the proceedings, the counsel to the first defendant, Adewumi Adisa, had told the court that he had filed a bail application on behalf of his client.

He also expressed the intention of his client to change his earlier plea of not guilty to guilty.

Source: Dailypost

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