EFCC Arraigns Lawyer Already Serving 10 Years For Fraud On Additional N25 Million Fraud Charges


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a convicted lawyer, Kole Bello, and an alleged accomplice, Muhydyn Ango, for fraudulently obtaining a N25m loan facility from Access Bank Plc with forged documents.

Bello is currently serving a 10-year jail term for fraud-related offences.

He was sentenced on February 10, 2011 by another judge of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Justice Joseph Oyewole.

The convicted lawyer and Ango pleaded not guilty to the five counts preferred against them by the EFCC at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja presided over by Justice Lateefat Okunnu.

They allegedly forged a certificate of occupancy No. 15/15/1999J of a property purportedly located in Lekki Pennisula Residential Scheme 1 known as Plot 1,Block 103, Eti Osa area of Lagos State, which they presented to the bank to facilitate the loan.

Apart from obtaining money by false pretences, they also face other counts of conspiracy, forgery and uttering, all of which they were alleged to have committed in 2008 in Lagos.

EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Mr. Kayode Oni, alleged that the defendants committed the offence some time in 2008 in Lagos.

The alleged offences were said to have contravened Sections 1(3) and 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and Sections 467 and 468 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.

Okunnu adjourned the matter till January 28, 2013 for trial.