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Lady, 32, In Police Net For Swindling Company N2.9b

Police detectives from the Lagos State Command have arrested a 32-year old lady, Ijeoma Iwegue, for allegedly conspiring and swindling a financial company, Flutterwave Technologies Solution Limited, to the tune of N2.9Bn in two days.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the suspect, Ijeoma Iwegue and her accomplice, now at large, unlawfully logged into the financial portal of Flutterwave Technologies Solution Limited and fraudulently transferred the said money between 5th and 7th February, 2023.

According to the Police, the suspect perfected the plan and transferred the money from the company’s portal without any trace and it took several days before the company later discovered.

The matter was reported to the Police. The operatives moved into action and later arrested Ijeoma while her accomplice escaped and is now at large. She was detained, interrogated and then found culpable for swindling the company to the tune of such huge amount of money within the said period and escaped.

She has been charged before the Yaba Magistrate Court in Lagos for alleged conspiracy and fraud on a three-count  charge under the Criminal Laws of the State.

The Prosecuting Counsel, A. O Nwabueze, told the Court that Iwegue and one other still at large committed the offences on 5th and 7th February,  2023 at Plot 8, Providence Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, by unlawfully logging into the financial portal of the company and siphoning the money.

The prosecutor further told the Court that the defendant allegedly made transfers to several cohorts and investigations showed that she received the total sum of N821 million into two separate account numbers.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act 2006 and punishable under Sections 314 and 328 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

She pleaded not guilty when she was arraigned.

The prosecutor then asked the Court to give a date for hearing since she pleaded not guilty to enable the Police to prove that she actually committed the alleged offence.

The Presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Olatubosun, granted her bail in the sum of N20 million with three sureties in like sum.

The Court ordered that one of the sureties must be a land owner in the Court’s jurisdiction and must show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The matter was adjourned till 31st July, 2023, for mention while the defendant was remanded in custody at the Correctional Centre pending when she will perfect her bail conditions.

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