Court Reserve Sentence As It Convict Couple Over $120m Fraud

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Ikeja High Court in Lagos, has convicted husband and wife, Augustine Ezeama and Juliet Ezeama for a $120m fraud.

The couple was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on November 16, 2016 for the alleged fraud.

According to the EFCC, the couple had on May 6, 2015, obtained $30,570 from a firm, CIFERCOM LLC under the pretext that the money was for registration of CIFERCOM LLC as a company in Nigeria preparatory to the award of an $8m contract to CIFERCOM LLC by the Federal Government.

The defendants were charged on seven counts offenses bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.

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They both pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Subsequently, the commission open trial and called six witnesses to proof the case against the couple.

In his judgement, Justice Hakeem Oshodi found the couple guilty of the charges and convicted them.

The prosecuting counsel was absent in court and the counsel for the second defendant, G.A. Adewunmi pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

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Adewunmi said, “This is a first time offense of the defendants and they have realized their mistake. The second defendant, Juliet Ezeama has been coming to court since when she was arrested on September 8, 2016.

“They are parents who also have children that need parental care, I plead the court to have mercy on them.”

The counsel for the first defendant, Mr A. Adepoju also pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Oshodi thereafter adjourned the matter until July 7, 2022 for sentencing.


Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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