The Federal High Court in Lagos has remanded one Izekor Ogiemonyi, alias, Prince, and three others in the prison custody for allegedly swindling a former member of the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, out of his $1.362m and N46. 533m.
Justice Muslim Hassan made the remand order on Monday shortly after the accused were re-arraigned before him by the police.
The police Special Fraud Unit arraigned Ogiemonyi alongside Joshua Akenzua, Stephen Victor, Bolade Babatunde, and Alhaji Jimoh Saka.
The police alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained the money from Eyiboh under the pretext that they were supplying to him vehicles and industrial machines at affordable and official exchange rates.
According to the police, the defendants obtained the money from the ex-lawmaker between June 2016 and August 2017, at Jatoz Royal Hotel, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos.
The lawmaker, according to the prosecution, delivered the sum to the accused in tranches of $1.230m, $20, 000, and $112, 000, and N46, 533m.
The prosecutor, Emmanuel Jackson, told the court that the defendants acted contrary to sections 8(a), 1(1)(a) and 8(9) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No.14 of 2006 and were liable to be punished under Section 1(3) of the same law.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Hassan adjourned till February 19, 2018 to rule on their bail applications.
He ordered that they should be remanded in the prison custody until then.