FG seeks businessman’s extradition over $.71m fraud
The Federal Government has requested the extradition of a United States- based Nigerian, Jim-Daniels Nnah, who was accused of defrauding two companies of $712,000 approximately N261.3 million.
The request was contained in a letter marked HAGF/Ext/08/14 from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) addressed to the U.S Department of Justice, Washington DC.
The extradition request is coming four years after Nnah through his company, Biowish TM Africa Limited allegedly fleeced Environ-Aid Technologies Nigeria Limited and Alsa Logistics Limited of the sum under the pretence of giving them sole distributorship rights of some bio-chemicals.
Made pursuant to the provisions of the extradition treaty between the governments of U.S and United Kingdom in December 22, 1931, which is applicable to Nigeria, the request was signed by the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Giving facts of the case, Malami said Nnah obtained the money for the purpose of supplying the complainants with products made by Biowish Technologies Inc., USA.
He said the complainants alleged that the suspect neglected or refused to supply the products and therefore has stolen or converted the money to his personal use.
Malami said by his alleged action, the suspect deprived the complainants of their money and the goods despite several efforts to recover the property or money.
He said: “The complainants claimed that sometime in September 2012, their companies entered in an existing joint venture agreement with Biowish Technologies Inc., 150N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, Illinois 60601, USA, to supply its products in Africa.
“For Biowish Technologies products to be sold in Africa, Jim Daniels-Nnah incorporated Biowish TM Africa to market a variety of the products ranging from Biowosh-Aqua, Biowish Odor, Biowish Remediation, Biowish Crops (fertiliser), etc.
“Relying on the information provided by the suspect, the complainant entered into separate agreements with Biowish TM Africa Limited to procure Biowosh Technologies’ products for which the sum of $712,000 was paid into Jim Daniels-Nnah’s company, Biowish TM Africa Limited and IC&T America Inc.’s offshore accounts numbers 2531597994 and 2513861179 at BBVA Compass Bank, Houston Texas, respectively at different times.
“Unknown to the complainants, Jim Daniels-Nnah has signed two separate identical contract noted making each of the two companies the sole distributor of the same products in Nigeria, demonstrating fraud and insincerity in handling the whole transaction.”
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