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Dangote staff, others bag five-year jail term over N15m fraud



ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Adewale Dalmeida, an employee of Dangote Cement, Ibese, Ogun State, to five years imprisonment before Justice O. J. Bamgbose of the High Court of Ogun State, Abeokuta for an offence bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15million.

Dalmeida, along with Ibrahim Lawal, Lukman Adam and Afeez Olaniba were arraigned on December 6, 2018 on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15 million, according to press statement signed by Tony Orilade ,Ag. Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC.

The complainant, Dangote Cement, alleged that Dalmeida, a Fleet Analyst, Dangote Cement; Lawal, Chief Driver, Dangote Cement; Adam, a Ghanaian driver, Dangote Cement and Olaniba, who is an agent of a contractor to Dangote Cement, diverted nine trucks carrying 800 bags of cement each valued at over N15 million.

The defendants were said to have diverted the trucks carrying the bags of cement, which were meant for the company’s customers in Togo, using fake identification cards and number plates.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

The Judge remanded the defendants in Ibara Prison custody, Abeokuta, Ogun State and adjourned till December 17, 2018 for hearing of their bail applications and commencement of trial.

At the next adjourned sitting on December 17, 2018, counsel to the first defendant, Adewumi Adisa, told the court that he had filed a bail application on behalf of his client, Dalmedia, and also expressed the intention of his client to change his earlier plea of not guilty to guilty.

Consequently, the court had ordered the charge to be read to the defendant, who pleaded guilty to the two-count charge.

Also, counsel to second defendant, Z. D. Garuba, told the court that he had not filed any application on behalf of his client, Lawal, because he wanted to enter a plea bargain.

Counsel to the third defendant, Abolanle Davies, and counsel to the fourth defendant, K. O. Moshud, had also told the court about bail applications on behalf of their clients.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammed, had told the court that he was ready to proceed with the trial of the third and fourth defendants

He had also prayed the court to take a very short date for a review of the facts and adoption of the plea bargain

Consequently, Justice Bamgbose had adjourned the matter to Friday, December 21, 2018 for the review of the facts and adoption of plea bargain.

At the close of the review of the facts and adoption of plea bargain agreement, Justice Bamgbose had convicted the defendants on both counts on December 21, 2018 and adjourned to January 14, 2019 for sentencing of the convicts.

At the proceedings, Justice Bamgbose sentenced the first convict to two and a half years imprisonment on each count. The sentences are to run concurrently from the date of arrest and detention, being September 14, 2018.



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