Mr Pieter and Nkechi Borremans, a Dutch couples were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Port Harcourt zonal office for suspected fraudulent dealing involving a marine vessel worth USD 330,000.00 (Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand United States Dollars). The case was presented before Justice E. A Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on two count charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretences.
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Borremans Count Charges
“That Pieter Borremans, Nkechi Borremans, and Lagon Trade Limited, on or about the 31st day of July 2014 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars ($330,000:00) only from Jackson Multi Services Limited and A lot General Services Limited, as advance payment meant for the purchase of Marine Tanker Vessel, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded with the court not to be guilty of the charges. Defence counsel, C. A Okowanya informed the court of oral applications for the bail of his clients and prayed that the defendants be remanded in EFCC custody due to the second wave of Covid-19, Justice Obile adjourned the matter till March 31, 2021, for the commencement of trial and remanded the defendants in EFCC custody.