EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Patrick Fernandez for N44.9m Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, on Thursday March 7, 2013 arraigned one  Patrick Fernandez, 50,  before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo  of the Lagos State High Court sitting in  Ikeja on a  five count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences and issuance of  dud cheques  worth N44,950, 000 ( Forty- Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) contrary to section 1(1) of the Dishonoured Cheques Act Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

One of the charges read, “Patrick Fernandez between 29th March and 1st April, 2012 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud did obtain different types of Nokia phone sets worth N13, 800,000 (Thirteen Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Okay Computers when you falsely represented to her that the money was to be paid within one week after delivery/collection of goods and which promise you failed to abide with.”

Another count reads, “Patrick Fernandez on or about 7th April, 2012 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud issued a FCMB Cheque No. 10564279 in the sum of N8, 150,000.00 (Eight Million, One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) to Okay Computers which when presented for payment was returned unpaid on ground of insufficient funds in the account."

When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

EFCC counsel, Kayode Oni prayed the court for a trail date and that the suspect be remanded in prison custody, stressing that the EFCC’s facilities for remanding suspects are over-stretched.  He opposed an oral application for bail made by the defence counsel, reminding the court that applications for bail ought to be presented in writing.  

Counsel to the defendant, Olajide Kazeem prayed the court to honour his oral application for bail for his client. He argued that since the defendant did not jump the administrative bail offered him by the EFCC, he would not behave otherwise if admitted to bail by the court. He also prayed the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.  

In his ruling, Justice Onigbanjo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2million and two sureties in like sum

He adjourned the matter till April 17 and 19 September, 2013 for commencement of trial.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

7th March, 2013





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This animal swindled my 73 yr old Mum, of N350k over 2 yrs ago under the guise of collecting deposit for a car, that he had for sale... He used to attend my mum's church at Maryland, Lagos...till today no car, no refund!!!

Why bring your ignorance to

Why bring your ignorance to the fore,does the man in question even look nigerian to you?
You seem to have concluded everything negative is from the north,we have had enough of people like you in this country.

This man is not a Nigerian,he

This man is not a Nigerian,he is an Indian.

It's a Scam

Merrill Morgan, this crop stuff is just about a bunch of nerds who never had a girlfriend their whole lives. They're like thirty now. They make up secret codes and analyze Greek mythology and make secret societies where other guys who never had girlfriends can join in. They do stupid crap like this to feel special. It's a scam. Nerds were doin' it twenty five years ago and new nerds are doing it again - Signs wordquote


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This man is one of the most

This man is one of the most criminal minded individuals living in Nigeria. Patrick Fernandez can only thrive in Nigeria where criminality and governance are synonymous. Otherwise, he and his cohorts should have been spending a very longtime in jail. I have read in the news and have had so many stories about this Indian man Patrick Fernandez.

The Indians crooks are so

The Indians crooks are so bold to come into the country and be duping us,anyway tomorrow now what you will hear is that he has been granted bail,after all the Russian sailors,Chagoury brothers and Bojuwani brothers has been set free and going about their illegal businesses in the country.

Handcuffs and Leg Irons Please!!!

Its mind-boggling reading one criminal suspect after the other on your daily online reports. It's even more saddening watching the suspects strolling to courthouses and holding/talking on their cellphones. I recall Tafa Balogun's trial during malam Nuhu Ribadu's tenure as EFCC Chairman, how he was handcuffed, his mug picture taken and the subsequent disgrace. This is standard practice in civilized societies to serve as deterrent. Nigeria's well manicured crooks should not be treated with kid gloves. EFCC must begin the process of having their mug pictures taken, put them on handcuffs and leg irons - take away their pride and expose them for who they are!

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Is this guy alright ? @ 50 look at the pathetic state of his stomach, sort your life out Mr. you look sick.

Northeners never stop

This Hausa-fulani yeye people know nothing but how to steal money. Look at his stomach -abi is he pregnant? No. The money dey inside his stomach. Hausa boy! Aboki, Malam.

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