N2.9b alleged fraud: Court vacation stalls arraignment of Lagos businessman, Kenneth Amadi

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.

THE legal tussle between the federal government of Nigeria and a Lagos businessman Kenneth Ndubuisi Amadi over the alleged theft of N2.9 billion naira belonging to Eunisell Ltd could not continue Wednesday, January 8,2020; the adjourned date following the ongoing court vacation. Consequently, the case has been adjourned to January 29, 2020 when the accused businessman and his company Idid Nigeria Ltd would be arraigned.

Kenneth Ndubuisi Amadi and his company Idid Nigeria Limited were alleged to have obtained the sum of N2,900.000,000( Two billion, nine hundred million naira only) by false pretence from Eunisell Ltd by false pretenses while being the Chief Executive Officer CEO of the company. The offences according to the charges run afoul of section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud  related offences Act,CapA6,laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act. Though, the defendants were not in court, his counsel Barrister Emeka Etiaba SAN and the prosecuting state counsel from Directorate of Public Prosecution DPP, Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja A K.  Alilu were in court. When the matter was first mentioned in court last year December, the defendants were also not in court hence the matter was adjourned till January 9, for arraignment but the court was on vacation. During the December 9, 2019 proceeding, the defendants were not present in court ostensibly because they hadn’t been fully served but the Chief State Counsel from DPP, Mr. A.  K. Alilu informed the court that it had been very difficult to serve the defendants a copy of the charge. However the Counsel to the defendants Barrister Emeka Etiaba SAN told the court that they were not opposing arraignment and trial adding that he was not fully briefed of the matter hence he could receive the charge on behalf of his clients. Thereafter, the presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Liman asked that a copy of the charge be served on the defence Counsel and consequently adjourned to January 9, 2020 for arraignment.

One of the charges read: That you KENNETH NDUBUISI AMADI

Male Adult of No 31A,Providence Street, Lekki Phase 1,Lagos and IDID NIGERIA LIMITED of No 26,Osisiogu Crescent, Utako Abuja sometime in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did obtain by false pretence and with intent to defraud, the sum of Two Billion, Nine Hundred  Million Naira belonging to Eunisell Nigeria Limited, from A-Z Petroleum  Limited and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, Cap. A6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act

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