Nigeria’s anti-graft commission arrainge First Nation Airlines CEO for fraud
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned the Managing Director of First Nation Airways, Kayode Odukoya, over alleged N2.1 billion fraud.
The commission brought Odukoya before an Ikeja Special Offences Court on a seven-count charge based on fraudulent activities.
The EFCC had two years ago arraigned the defendant before the same court for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a credit facility worth of N2.1 billion from the defunct Skye Bank, now Polaris Bank.
Odukoya, who was also the Managing Director of defunct Bellview Airline, was arraigned then on a four-count charge of forgery, use of the false document, perjury and stealing of N1.7 billion.
He, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.
On Monday, the anti-graft agency re-arraigned the defendant on a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, use of the false document, perjury, stealing and obtaining credit by fraud, he also pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Following his not guilty plea, EFCC counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, told the court that the EFCC had already called five witnesses to prove its case.
He said that the prosecution would be closing its case against Odukoya.
However, defence counsel, Edoka Onyeke, said that due to the fresh charges, defence would like to recall three prosecution witnesses for cross-examination.
He appealed to the court to allow his client to continue on bail granted him on his first arraignment.
Justice Mojisola Dada granted Onyeke’s request and adjourned the case until Feb. 15, 2021 for Odukoya to begin defence.