EFCC has remanded 606 Autos Boss, Babafemi Sarumi in prison over N207.1m money laundering.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has announced that they have arraigned 606 autos boss, Babafemi Sarumi, before a Federal High court Lagos that remanded him in Ikoyi Prison.
The statement reads;
EFCC Arraigns 606 Autos Boss, Babafemi Sarumi over N207.1m Money Laundering
…Remanded in Prison Custody
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of Federal High court Lagos, today November 1, 2019 remanded the Managing Director of 606 Autos Limited, Sarumi Samusideen Babafemi in Ikoyi Prison
Babafemi was arraigned by the EFCC alongside three of his company; 606 Autos Limited, 606 Music Limited and Splash Off Entertainment Limited on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering and conspiracy to the tune of N207.1m.
Babafemi alongside his companies – 606 Autos Limited; 606 Music Limited; and Splash Off Entertainment Limited – was arraigned on five counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos
The EFCC accused him of laundering a total of N207.1m between 2013 and 2018.
He was accused of transferring N37.6m to one Omojadesola Allison; N93m to one Olanrewaju Oriyomi; N1.5m to one Abiola Ayorinde, alias ABK; N25m to one Bartholomew Ezeudoka; and N50m to one Amobi Uchenna.
The EFCC said 6O6 “ought to have reasonably known that such funds form part of an unlawful act, to wit: obtaining money by false pretence”’
Prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Mr A.B.C. Ozioko, said 606 and his companies acted contrary to Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and were liable to be punished under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
But 606 and his companies pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
The defence counsel, Dr Muiz Banire (SAN), told Justice Chukwujeku Aneke that he had filed an application for his client’s bail and had served it on the prosecution.
Banire, who said the offence was bailable, urged the court to grant bail to his client in liberal terms. But the prosecutor, Ozioko, urged Justice Aneke to decline the bail application based on the defendant’s antecedents.
Ozioko said the charges against 606 were informed by intelligence from the American Federal Bureau of Intelligence. He told the judge that there was another charge against 606 pending before another court.
Justice Aneke adjourned till November 4, 2019 to rule on the bail application. He ordered that 606 be remanded in the prison custody until then.