EFCC, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of 1 Jones Patrick Biyere, a pilot, to 13 years imprisonment earlier than Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The convict was arraigned someday in 2006 on an amended 13-count cost bordering on conspiracy and exporting of solid cheques.
Biyere alongside one Tony Adeyemi and a person merely recognized as Eddy, who’re nonetheless at massive, had, on Could 31, 2006 in Lagos, fraudulently solid and signed 10 Lloyd’s TBS cheques with numbers 002108; 002104; 000096; 00091; 005263; 005260; 000147; 000144; 000546 and 000550.
The defendant was alleged to have tried to export the mentioned cheques to a overseas nation via the places of work of the United Parcel Providers (UPS) located at Somolu and Gbagada.
One of many counts reads:”That you simply, Jones Patrick Biyere (Alias Jimmy Johnson), Tony Adeyemi (at massive) and Eddy (at massive), on or about 31st Could, 2006 at No. 15 Macarthy Avenue, Onikan, Lagos, inside the jurisdiction of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, fraudulently and knowingly solid Lioyds TSB Cheque No. 002108 and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 3(2) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. 410 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 as amended by Act No. 62 of1999.”
The defendant pleaded not responsible to the cost and was granted bail. In the middle of the trial, the courtroom needed to revoke the bail in view of the defendant’s refusal to attend trial. The courtroom had additionally frowned on the defendant’s bid to stall his trial by always altering his counsels who sought adjournments.
Delivering his judgment at this time, Justice Idris held that it was a ploy to proceed to delay and frustrate the case, which he inherited from two judges of the courtroom.
The Choose additional held that the prosecution had proved its case past affordable doubts and located him responsible on counts 1 to 13.The defendant was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on counts 1 to 11 and 15 years on counts 12 and 13.
The sentences are to run concurrently.