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Court remands food union member for alleged N72.5m theft

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Thursday remanded in a correctional centre a member of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees(NUFBTE), Peter Onoja, for allegedly stealing  the sum of N72.5 million from the union.

Justice Mojisola Dada remanded the defendant in any correctional facility of his choice pending the filing and hearing of his bail application.

Dada adjourned the case until Jan.24 for the commencement of trial and hearing of bail application.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mrs Anita Imo, alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted the sum of N72.5million, property of NUFBTE to his personal use.

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Imo told the court that the defendant committed the offences between February 2015  and August 2020 in Lagos.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the  charges.

Following his not guilty plea, the prosecution urged the court to remand the defendant in a correctional centre pending the commencement of trial.

“In view of the not guilty plea of the defendant, we shall be asking for a trial date and we urge the court that the defendant be remanded, my lord’’, the prosecutor said.

The defence counsel, Mr Paul Okwoi, however, informed the court that the defence counsel  could not file his bail application due to an error in it.

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Okwoi, however, prayed the court that two dates be granted in December for the  defence counsel  to file his bail application.

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