EFCC Drags Lawyer To Court Over N25 Million Fraud


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

Bello 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.

Bello who is currently serving a 10-year jail term 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 he presented to the bank to facilitate the loan.

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

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

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

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