Witness Tells Court How Gobir Defrauded Afromedia of N1bn

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Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

A witness in the ongoing trial of Mohammed Gobir on Monday told the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere how the defendant defrauded Afromedia Plc to the tune of over N1 billion.

According to a statement on Monday from the Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the witness and Group Chief Executive Officer of Afromedia Plc, Mr. Akinola Onifade, was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, A.B.C. Ozioku.

Gobir was arraigned on March 17, 2016, before Justice R.I.B Adebiyi by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a 17 – count charge bordering on stealing, forgery, and obtaining under false pretenses. Upon his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty and he was remanded in prison custody pending hearing of his bail application.

He was granted bail in the sum N20,000,000 and two sureties in like sum on March 22, 2016.

In his testimony , Akinola identified the defendant as the same person that was introduced to his company sometime in 2008 by their Placement Consultants, Synergy Capital, as a person of means with a multi-billion Naira investment in an Oil and Gas Institute.