The EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Tuesday, arraigned one Olawunmi Dilureni for allegedly committing a N23 million fraud.
Dilureni was said to have conspired to defraud a popular Lagos pastor, Dr. Tony Rapu, Nellie St. Matthew-Daniel and Eyitope St. Matthew-Daniel of the money.
Her other accomplices are named as: Lola Aremu Anjorin, Tunde Jamiu, Oluremi Osobu and Home Concepts Limited who are all at large.
The suspect is facing an eight-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.
During her arraignment before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Lagos State High Court, a charge against the suspect read: “That you, Olawumi Dilureni, on or about the 16th day of April, 2013 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, obtained the sum of N10million from one Dr. Anthony Rapu under the pretence that the money is for investment in diesel supply business with a monthly interest rate of 6.5%, which pretext you knew to be false.”
Another count reads: “That you, Olawunmi Dilureni, on or about 17th April, 2013, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly converted for your own use the sum of N10million property of Tony Rapu.”
Dilureni said she wasn’t guilty of any of the charges.
In view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, Fadeke Giwa, asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Counsel to the Dilureni, Tunde Kolawole, however, informed the court that he had filed an application for bail on behalf of his client.
The prosecution counsel told the court that she was served the bail application yesterday and that she needed time to respond accordingly. She, therefore, asked for a short date to enable her reply in writing.
Justice Solebo adjourned the case to March 14, 2018 for hearing of the application for bail and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of her bail application.