Businessman Ojogbane arraigned for issuance of N5m dud cheque

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The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one Gabriel Ojogbane and his company, Gajudean Nigeria Limited on a one-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheque.

The commission said that Ojogbane was arraigned on Thursday before Justice S.U Bature of the FCT High Court Maitama, Abuja.

The charge reads, ‘That you, Gabriel Ojogbane as director/major shareholder and Chairman/CEO in Gajudean Nigeria Limited sometime in 2018 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, issued a First Bank of Nigeria PLC Cheque number 00163862 dated 09/03/18 for the sum of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) payable to Mary Oluyemisi Dawodu which was to settle your financial obligation to her; and when the said cheque was presented for payment within three (3) months of its issuance, it was dishonored on the grounds that no sufficient funds were standing to the credit of the account on which the cheque was drawn; and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Dishonored Cheque (Offences) Act Cap D11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(10) (b)(i) of the same Act”.

Ojogbane pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, Justice Bature granted him bail in the sum N2 million with one surety in like sum who must be resident in Abuja.

The judge remanded the defendant at the Kuje Correctional Centre until he fulfilled his bail conditions.

Justice Bature adjourned the case till March 23, 2023, for the commencement of trial.

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