An oil and gas marketer, Emmanuel Morah, has been arraigned before a federal supreme court in Lagos state for alleged fraud and issuing dud checks.

The defendant was among the convicts who were recently granted amnesty from the federal government on health grounds, but had yet to be released from the custody of the Nigerian correctional services.

Morah, whose companies include Rocky Nigeria Limited, Rocky Oil Limited and Rocky Energy Limited, was reportedly docked for obtaining the sum of N24m from the chairman, Beauty and Fragrance International Limited, Alhaji Kayode Kasumu.

He allegedly defrauded the complainant under a false statement that he would use the money to complete a property at No. 10 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, within two months, and to lease part of it to him.

The defendant is also alleged to have issued a Diamond Bank check, dated October 2, 2016, with a monetary value of N10m, with account name, Rocky Energy Limited, in favor of Beauty and Fragrance International Limited, which was rejected and dishonored on the grounds of insufficient funds on the bill.

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According to the prosecutor, Mr. Justine Enang, the offenses committed were in violation of and punishable under Sections 1(1)(a),(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act, 2006; and Sections 1 (1) (b), (2) and Section 2 of the Dishonored Checks (Offences) Act, CAP D11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges charged against him. After his plea, Enang asked for a trial date and urged the court to keep him in custody.

Morah’s counsel, E. M Ojere, responded to the prosecution’s request, telling the court that he had filed the defendant’s bail and that the same had been served on the prosecution.

After listening to the submissions from both sides, Judge Akintayo Aluko gave the defendant a bail of N10 million with a bail of the same amount.

The judge said the guarantor must be a resident and owner of a property within the jurisdiction of the court, which must make an affidavit of funds.

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He stated that both the defendant and the guarantor must file their two recent passport photos with the court, adding that the prosecutor must be part of the verification and that the guarantor must be recognized by a cleric.

However, the judge ordered that the defendant be held in NCS custody until bail conditions were completed.

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