THE proposed arraignment of the Chief Marketing Officer, Ashok Israni, of a telecommunications company by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was on Monday stalled due to the absence of the defendants.
The anti-graft charged the defendants alongside the telecommunications company, Globacom Limited, before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja for an alleged fraud of $6,786,674.61.
The one-count charge reads in part, “Ashok Israni and Globacom Limited, sometime in 2008 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, induced Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates to confer a benefit on you by permitting Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC to provide you with Blackberry solutions services, valued at USD6,786,674.64 on the understanding that the benefit will be paid for, which pretence you knew to be false.”
According to the anti-graft agency, the firm and Israni acted contrary to Section 1(2)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.
However, when the case was called in court on Monday, the defendants were not in court.
The prosecutor, A. B. C Ozioko said the EFCC was making efforts to produce Israni, who had been granted an administrative bail by the anti-graft agency.
“My Lord, we are sorry we are not able to produce the defendants.
“As part of efforts to ensure that trial commences, we brought the complainants all the way from Dubai.
“We have no choice but to seek a date for arraignment,” he said.
The presiding Judge, Justice O. Williams adjourned the case till May 15, 2018, for the arraignment of the defendants.
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