International soccer trials: Police arraign suspects, Olympian denies defrauding bizwoman

The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned 4 suspects in a case involving a journey agent, Osuji Onyedikanne, and an ex-athlete, Gladys Stephen.

Onyedikanne had accused Stephen of utilizing her firm, Golden Knights Worldwide Sports activities Restricted, to defraud her of N9.5m.

She claimed that Stephen promised overseas soccer trials for her purchasers, including that regardless of paying, none of her purchasers travelled overseas.

The businesswoman additional alleged that some suspects arrested by the police have been launched with none refund made to her.

The Olympian’s lawyer, Emeka Nwosu, whereas denying the allegations, mentioned N5.2m was collected from Onyedikanne as a mortgage.

The police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, instructed PUNCH Metro that the suspects have been arraigned earlier than an Ogba Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on Wednesday.

He mentioned, “We charged the case to courtroom at this time (Wednesday) and everybody confirmed up besides her (Onyedikanne). She was known as, however she didn’t take our calls. A textual content message was, nonetheless, despatched to her line.”

Hundeyin famous that the matter was adjourned until Might 27.

He mentioned it was inconceivable for the police to compromise the case, including that the state Commissioner of Police and an Assistant Inspector Common of Police have been conscious of it.

In the meantime, a civil society organisation, Rule of Legislation and Accountability Advocacy Centre, has requested the Inspector-Common of Police, Usman Baba, to switch the case to the Power Felony Investigation Division Annex, Alagbon.

The Govt Director of the group, Okechukwu Nwanguma, accused the Lagos State Police Command of doing the biddings of the suspects.

Nwanguma mentioned, “We’ve taken up the matter and we’ve got written a petition to the IG requesting him to direct the AIG, FCID Annex, Alagbon, to take over investigation from the SIB, Lagos State Police Command.

“There are indications that SIB investigators have compromised and are working based mostly on the dictates of the suspects and underneath the affect of a faceless ‘oga’ who is seemingly in cahoots with the suspects and interfering with investigations. The complainant has no hope of acquiring justice.

“Allow them to refund the cash they obtained from her. That is  clear fraud as a result of they made false claims and tendered fictitious paperwork to persuade the girl to half together with her cash on the understanding that they have been doing reliable enterprise.”

Stephen, whereas reacting to an earlier report by our correspondent, accused Onyedikanne of peddling falsehood in opposition to her.

She mentioned, “Initially, every thing written there’s false; I don’t wish to get into particulars. I don’t even know something about all this N40m that was shared or one thing.

“I suffered for this nation for 25 good years, laboured, sweated and ran for Nigeria for 25 years. I didn’t stain the identify; I took this nation to very excessive esteem.”

The ex-athlete famous that her firm was registered in Spain and Nigeria, including that it had by no means been concerned in a fraud.

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