British lawyer charged with £484,000 fraud, gets N100m bail

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The Police Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCIID), Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday arraigned an English lawyer, Joyce Amanambu, at a Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged £484,000 fraud.

Amanambu, 53, was accused of swindling a Briton of Nigerian ancestry, Chukwudi Ajudua, of the sum in London, within a period of 10 years.

She is facing a two-count charge, of obtaining under false pretence and fraud.

According to the police, Amanambu has been disbarred in England.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Henry Obiazi, a Deputy Superintendent, told Justice Ibrahim Buba that the defendant committed the offence between August 2005 and March 2016, at 25, Harcourt Street, London.

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Obiazi alleged that Amanambu, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum from Ajidua in two tranches of £348,500 and £99,500.

The offences, the prosecutor added, contravened Sections 1(1)(a) and 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006.
Amanambu pleaded not guilty.

Her counsel, Chima Umezurike, prayed the court to grant her bail in “liberal terms.”

In a bench ruling, Justice Buba admitted Amanambu to bail in the sum of N100 million, with one surety in the like sum.

The surety must deposit his international passport and landed property documents in the court’s custody.

Justice Buba also warned the defendant that she would be remanded in prison custody unless her bail was perfected yesterday or today.

He adjourned further proceedings till December 3.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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