Corruption and Underdevelopment

EFCC charges MacMillan Nigeria publisher with $156,700 fraud

By Paul Michael

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged Macmillan Nigeria publisher, Adesanya Adelekan and one Bola Fasasi over an alleged $156,700 book fraud.

Fasasi was arraigned on Monday in Lagos by the EFCC. Adelekan was said to be at large.

The defendants are facing an amended six-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences before the Ikeja Special Offences Court.

According to the EFCC in the charge sheet, “Macmillan Nigeria Publisher, Prof. Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan (now at large) and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018, obtained books worth $156,711.87 for sale by false pretences from BHS Book Printing SDN BHD of Selangor, Malaysia.”

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The Commission said that under false pretences, the defendants promised to sell the books and remit the proceeds within two weeks of receiving the bill of lading.

“Macmillan Nigeria Publisher, Prof. Adesanya Iyiola Adelekan (now at large) and Fasasi Bola, sometime in 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to obtain goods by false pretences, property of BHS Book Printing SDN BHD of Selangor, Malaysia,” it added.

However, Fasasi, pleaded not guilty when the charges were ready before to him.

Justice Mojisola Dada remanded Fasasi in Ikoyi Correctional Centre and adjourned the case until July 8 for a bail application hearing.

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