Court Orders Remand Of NSCDC Official In  Job Scam Case

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Mrs. Tosin Olagunju, an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Suleja Prison, Niger State. 

Olagunju faces allegations of obtaining N12,400,000.00 from job seekers under false pretenses, with the promise of securing them employment.

Arraigned on a four-count charge, Olagunju pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

The charges include defrauding Nigerians by false pretences, criminal conspiracy, dishonestly converting funds for personal use, and fraudulent inducement.

During the hearing, prosecuting lawyer Princewill Eke requested a date for the commencement of the trial. 

Defense lawyer M.A. Oloniruka informed the court of a pending bail application filed earlier. 

However, the court’s file did not contain the application, making it ineligible for hearing.

Oloniruka then sought to apply orally for bail, but Justice Nyako rejected this request, stressing  that all applications must be formal and in writing.

 Consequently, Justice Nyako ordered Olagunju’s remand in prison pending the hearing of her bail application, which is scheduled for October 9.

The court documents detail the charges against Olagunju, who resides in Karu Site, Abuja. 

The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/183/2024 and filed by the Inspector General of Police, outlines the following accusations:

Count One: Between 2010 and 2023, Olagunju allegedly obtained N12,400,000.00 from individuals, including Billi Haruna Bwala, under the false pretense of securing them employment with the NSCDC. This act is said to violate Section 1(1)(c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

Count Two: Between 2020 and 2023, Olagunju is accused of conspiring with others to commit criminal conspiracy, an offense under Section 97(1) of the Penal Code Act 2004.

Count Three: During the same period, Olagunju allegedly converted N12,400,000.00 meant for securing employment into personal use, contrary to Section 311 and punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code Act 2004.

Count Four: Between 2010 and 2023, she is accused of fraudulently inducing Nigerians to part with N12,400,000.00, thereby committing an offense under Section 320 and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Act 2004.

The court has adjourned the case to October 9 for trial. In the meantime, Olagunju will remain in Suleja Correctional Centre.


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