A Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja today remanded the former Chairman of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), Mr. Peter Onoja in a correctional center for alleged theft of N72.5 million from the union.
Onoja is facing a six-count charge bordering on stealing, contrary to Section 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Justice Mojisola Dada remanded the defendant in any correctional facility of his choice pending the filing and hearing of his bail application.
Dada adjourned the case until Jan.24 for the commencement of trial and hearing of the bail application.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mrs. Anita Imo, alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted the sum of N72.5 million property of NUFBTE to his personal use.
Imo told the court that the defendant committed the offenses between February 2015 and August 2020 in Lagos.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his not-guilty plea, the prosecution urged the court to remand the defendant to a correctional center pending the commencement of trial.
“In view of the not guilty plea of the defendant, we shall be asking for a trial date and we urge the court that the defendant be remanded, my lord,” the prosecutor said.
The defense counsel, Mr. Paul Okwoi, however, informed the court that he could not file his client’s bail application due to an error in it.
Okwoi prayed to the court that two dates be granted in December for him to file the bail application.