A pregnant woman, Oluwaseun Ogunsanya; her husband, Olumide Ogunsanya, and one other, have been taken before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court for allegedly forging and altering a company’s certificate of incorporation to steal N14, 068, 926.
Oluwaseun, 34, a nurse, appeared in court in the same cloth with her husband on Thursday.
The incident was said to have occurred at the Palmgroove area of Lagos.
Olumide, 34, who was the assistant manager of De-Daltex Nigeria Enterprises Ltd, was said to have used his position to access vital company documents.
He was said to be in charge of collection of cheques from customers.
According to the police, between June and September 2012, Olumide, Oluwaseun and the third defendant, Adenuga Olumuyiwa, 45, forged the certificate of incorporation of De-Daltex Nigeria Enterprises Ltd and opened two bank accounts with it.
The forged document was said to have been signed by Oluwaseun, as being a co-owner.
The three suspects allegedly executed business deals with the document and signed a “Board Resolution” purporting same to emanate from De-Daltex.
The police told the court that within four months, N796, 863 was stolen from the company.
Later, the fraud allegedly festered and an additional N13, 272, 063 was withdrawn from the First City Monument Bank.
The company was said to have detected the crime and alerted the police who arrested the three suspects.
They were arraigned on six counts of stealing, forgery, altering and making documents without authority.
The charges read in part, “That you, Ogunsanya Olumide, m, Ogunsanya Oluwaseun, f, Adenuga Olumuyiwa, m, and others at large sometime in June 2012, at Palmgroove, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: stealing, forgery, altering and making documents without authority.
“That you, Ogunsanya Olumide, m, Ogunsanya Oluwaseun, f, Adenuga Olumuyiwa, m, and others at large between June 2009 and April 2012 at FCMB Plc in the aforesaid Magisterial District did dishonestly steal the sum of N13, 272, 063 (Thirteen Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand, and Sixty- Three Naira) property of De-Daltex Nigeria Enterprises Limited represented by Dayo Solarin.”
The prosecutor, Emmanuel Eze, from the legal department of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, said the offences were contrary to and punishable under Sections 409, 285(7), 368 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.
The defence counsel, Ola Ogunbiyi, applied for the bail of the defendants in liberal terms.
He added, “I will also like the court to take into cognisance the fact that the second defendant is pregnant and weak.”
The magistrate, Mr. F.J Adefioye, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N2m each with two sureties in like sum.
He added that the sureties should provide affidavit of means, be resident in Lagos and tender six months statements of their accounts.
The matter was adjourned till November 20.
Posted by Salmon Abiodun