The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday in Ibadan, re-arraigned one Agunbiade Elizabeth Ebun and her Company, Debeth Oil and Gas Ltd before Justice M. L. Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, on two different cases bordering on stealing and issuance of dud cheque.
The defendants, who were earlier arraigned sometimes in 2015 before Justice S. A. Akinteye and Justice E. Esan, respectively, pleaded not guilty to the 6-count charge on the first case and also to the 2-counts on the second case.
The journey to the dock for Agunbiade started with petitions to the Commission alleging that the defendant ordered trucks of diesel and after the supplies were made to her company, Debeth Oil and Gas Ltd, issued dud cheques of over thirty five million naira, the value of the products, but the cheque were all returned unpaid upon presentation at the bank and all efforts made to get their money back failed.
In view of their plea, prosecution counsel Oluwatoyin Owodunni, prayed the court for a trial date.
However, counsel to the defendants, Oluwagbemiga Olatunji, informed the court of an earlier bail granted his client by the previous court and prayed the court to allow her remain on the terms earlier granted.
Justice Owolabi consequently, granted the defendant’s prayer and adjourned the case to July 12, 2018, for trial.
One of the counts charge reads: ‘Agunbiade Elizabeth Ebun and Debeth Oil and Gas Ltd on or about the 20th of June, 2011, at Oyo within the Ibadan Judicial Division with intent to defraud fraudulently converted the sum of N21, 582, 000.00, representing the value of 4 trucks of diesel and 2 trucks of kerosene property of Bolbod Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited’.