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Justice Austine Chuka Obiozor ordered that Egueke be kept in the custody of Force Criminal Investigation Department (Force CID) Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The order followed Egueke’s plea of ‘not guilty’ to three counts of conspiracy and N179million fraud.

Prosecution counsel, Morufu A. Animashaun, told the court that between May 14, 2010 and December 31, 2019, at No. 2 Balogun Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, the defendant and others on the run conspired to obtain the said sum from a firm, Global Select Investment Services Ltd, under a pretense that he would help the firm sell some goods and remit money to its bank account.

Animashaun alleged that the defendant, upon selling the goods, diverted the proceeds to his Zenith Bank account, but told Global Select Investment Services that most of the goods imported from the USA were inferior and of low demand.

The court heard that the alleged offenses contravened Section 8(a) and 1(1)(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offenses Act of 2006 and punishable under Section 390(7) Criminal Code Act of 2004.

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