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APC Chieftain, Dr. Taiwo Melumi in Alleged N40m Fraud Scandal


The Senatorial leader of All Progress Congress (APC), in Ondo State, Dr. Taiwo Melumi, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, on alleged Fraud of N40 million.
Melumi, a medical doctor, who is a managing Director of Funtai Limited, was arraigned before Justice AbdulAziz Anka led-court, on Wednesday, on a count charge by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The police in a charge marked FHC/L/302c/16,  alleged that the APC chieftain, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N40 million from one Nick Shaiyen, the Managing Director of Whitehall Management Limited.
He was alleged to have obtained the said money from the victim with representation that he sold to him a property known as Unit B9, situated at Funtai Court, 3, Ruxton Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, which he falsely presented to him as being free from all encumbrances.
The offence, the prosecutor, Mr. Ekong Sunday, said contravened section 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud related Offences Act, 2016.
However, APC Senatorial leader pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Attempt by his lawyer, Mr. Olumide Esan, to have his bail application heard could not scale through, as he was unable to present the summon for bail before the court. While the prosecutor also informed the court that he needed time to respond to the application.
The presiding judge, Justice Anka, consequently ordered that the accused person be remanded in prisons custody, while adjourned the trial till October 6.
(2).  3 Men Duped On-line Market, Konga of N35m
Three men, John Adindu Nweke, Anike Igwe Stephen and Kelechi Chetachi Emenike, were on Wednesday arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, for allegedly defrauded an On-line Market, Konga Online Shopping Limited, to the tune of N35 million.
The three accused persons, were alleged by the Special Fraud Unit of Nigeria Police Force, to have perpetrated the fraud  on or about the month of April, 2005, by obtaining iPhones valued the said amount.
They were alleged to have committed the Act by issuing a United Bank Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc cheques which were dishonoured when presented on the ground that there were no fund in them.
They were also alleged to have received the phone which were said to have stolen from the online shopping Mart.
The Offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. Effiong Asuquo, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) are contrary to section 1(1)(a)(b) of the Advance Fee  Fraud, and Section  15(1)(a)(ii)(3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2004, as amended.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon their not guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to remand them in Prison's custody pending trial.
The lawyer to the accused persons, Mr. Sunday E. did not oppose the submissions of the prosecution.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice AbdulAziz Anka, ordered that the three accused men be remanded in prisons custody, while adjourned till October 10, for trial.

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