A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, has remanded an Indian national, Chandra Singh, at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre for alleged N816m fraud in the state.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Singh before the court on 19-count bordering on bribery and retention of stolen property preferred against him.

The agency’s prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the defendant, on or before January 1, 2021, whilst in the employment of the African Natural Resources and Mines Limited, solicited indirectly to confer undue advantage for his company, CVN Engineering Ltd, in order that he influenced his employee to award the supply costing N365m to CVN Engineering Ltd.

The agency alleged that the defendant solicited indirectly to confer undue advantage for his company, Neo Paints Nigeria Ltd.

According to the agency, the offences contravened Sections 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, and Section 83 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Ismail Ijelu remanded the defendant in Ikoyi Correctional Centre and adjourned the case until November 30 for hearing.

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