EFCC Drags Agronomist Omolara Svensson Before Special Court Over Alleged Fraud

An Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, has fixed June 9, to decide the arraignment of an Agronomist, Omolara Svensson, her company, OOK and Eilvor Group Ltd, for alleged fraud valued at over sixteen million nairas.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, dragged her before the court on a six-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences.

The defendant’s counsel, Adebisi Orija, however, prayed the court to dismiss the charge, arguing that there was a subsisting court judgment relating to the case.

Mr Orija argued that the defence had listed five grounds to support the motion and filed a written address dated Dec. 6, 2021, which he seeks to adopt.

“We argue that the fact upon which the charge was filed against the defendant has been subjected to a subsisting judgment delivered by Justice Folarin.

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“The defendant filed a motion seeking the release of her passport, which is part of the judgment delivered by Justice Folarin, but as of today, EFCC has not obliged.

The defence counsel urged the court to dismiss the charge as he described it as an abuse of court procedure.

In a counter-response, EFCC counsel, Mr Ayanfe Ogunsina, told the court that prosecutors had filed a counter-affidavit.

Mr Ogunsina informed the court that the charge had earlier been filed before Justice Sherifat Sholebo, in 2019 but was struck out because the defendant absconded.

He urged the court to consider the nature of the offences such that the defendant fraudulently obtained money from the petitioner.

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“I pray the court to proceed with the trial in the interest of justice,” Ogunsina said.

After entertaining the submission of counsels, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo reserved the ruling till June 9.

The EFCC alleges that the defendant obtained the sum of N16.3 million from the complainant, Mr Peter Emeya, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Groups Services Ltd. on the pretext of selling five 40ft containers of charcoal for him.

The commission said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 1(1)(a) and (1)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act of 2006.

Wahab Akinlade

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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