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HARRISON ODIAWA V. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

(2008) JELR 33532 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/L/124/2006  •  6 May 2008  •  Nigeria

Coram
DALHATU ADAMU JCA; M.B. DONGBAN-MENSEM JCA; HUSSEIN MUKHTAR JCA;

Judgement

DALHATU ADAMU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant herein was convicted and sentenced by the High Court of Lagos State (No 40) Ikeja Judicial division (per J.O.K Oyewole J) which found him guilty on 48 counts for the offences of-

(a) Conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences;

(b) Obtaining money by false pretences

(c) Forgery

(d) Possession of documents containing false pretences; and

(e) Uttering

The facts leading to the charges of the various offences against the appellant (as per the 3rd amended information of 19/11/04 with 58 counts) are as follows:-

Sometime between March 2003 and January 2004, a syndicate of fraudsters by way of an advanced fee fraud duped and obtained various sums of money amounting to about US D2M from an American citizen by name Mr. George Blick (the victim and PW1). The leader of the syndicate used a fictitious name of Abu Belgore and they used telephones (including GSM) and internet in making false representation and sending fake or …

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