Two officials of Multi-choice Nigeria Limited whho go by the names Tayo Ajala and Tomi Olugbemi have been arraigned before a Federal high court in Lagos over an alleged conspiracy, false inducement and using the premises of Multi-choice company for lottery purposes.
In a twenty two count criminal charge number FHC/L/122c/14 filed before the court by Police prosecuting counsel from the Police Enforcement unit on National Lottery Regulatory commission Abuja John Nwadike, the prosecutor alleged that Multichoice Nigeria Limited, Tayo Aajala, Tomi Olugbemi, who have been arraigned before the court and others including John Ugbe, Bisi Animashaun, Martins Mabutho, Busola Tejumola who are now at large between October 2013 and March 2014 were alleged to have conspired together to induce Nigerians to confer benefit on them by entering into contract of buying the product of Multichoice Nigeria limited by way of advance payment of DSTV Telecast monthly subscription upon promise that participants will win a price of expenses paid trip to Grammy Award in USA and Zamba 2014 return ticket to Brazil in a lottery which they never fulfilled.
Mr. Nwadike further alleged that Multichoice company and their officers that have been arraigned and others at large same time and place conspired together to induce one Emmanuel Igoche and other citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to buy the product of Multichoice tagged RETURN TICKET TO 2014 GRAMMY AWARD, by way of adv ance payment of DSTV Telecast Monthly subscription upon the promise that participants would win a price of expenses paid trip to Grammy Award in USA in a lottery they never fulfilled.
The accused persons were alleged to have promoted a scheme captioned DSTV SAMBA 2014 RETURN TICKET TO BRAZIL under which a promise was given to Nigerian populace participating in promo that will win a price in a lottery
The accused persons were also charged for establishing and keeping the premises of Multichoice company at Plot 1381, Tiamiyu Savage street Victoria Island Lagos as a place for the purpose of lottery.
All the offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are contrary to and punishable under sections34(4)(f) of the National Lottery Act 2005 Laws of the federation of Nigeria and sections 1(3)and 8 of the Advance fee fraud and other fraud related offences Act cap A6 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2006.
The accused persons who pleaded not guilty are currently on bail. The court has adjourned till 8th of July this year for the trial of the accused persons to commence.