EFCC arraigns Emee oil CEO Florence Onojame over N4.4 billion fraud

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EFCC arraigns Emee oil CEO Florence Onojame over N4.4 billion fraud
EFCC arraigns Emee oil CEO Florence Onojame over N4.4 billion fraud

Florence Onojame, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emee Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, has been brought before the Ikeja Special Offences Court, facing allegations of defrauding Access Bank to the tune of N4.4 billion.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a three-count charge against Onojame, accusing her of conspiracy, stealing, and fraudulently receiving property.

EFCC accuses Emee Oil CEO

This legal action was taken on Thursday, with the EFCC maintaining that Onojame, along with four other individuals who are currently at large, committed the alleged offense in Lagos in February 2022.

According to the EFCC counsel, Fatai Mohammed, the N4.4 billion was illicitly taken and transferred through Primusplus, Access Bank’s electronic banking platform, by Onojame.

It is alleged that she used the login details of Emee Oil and Gas to execute the transfers and deposited the funds into multiple accounts within Access Bank.

Despite the charges, Onojame entered a plea of not guilty. The EFCC asserted that her actions contravene sections 278, 326, and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

During the court proceedings, the defense counsel, Williams Onate, requested a brief adjournment for the hearing of the bail application and proposed that the court remand the defendant in the custody of the EFCC pending the bail hearing.

However, Judge Mojisola Dada ruled that the defendant should be remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre.

The hearing for the bail application has been scheduled for October 10, 2023.