Two Netherlands citizens to be arraigned over alleged $1.4m theft

Two citizens of the Netherlands, Eline Holtes and Henricus Jacob De Kok, are slated to be arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos on April 17, 2024, over alleged $1,407,373 theft.

The charges, brought by the Police Force Criminal Investigation Department, include conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence, and stealing.

They are to be arraigned alongside a company, Damen Charter International 12 B.V. in a charge marked FHC/L/153c/24, before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

In the charge filed by the Force CID’s prosecutor, S. O. Ayodele alleged that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit the offences sometime in 2019.

Holtes and De Kok, alongside the company, were alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $707,363.10, from a firm, NUE Offshore Resource, by selling a vessel which was represented to the company that its engine was manufactured in 2019, a pretence they knew to be false.

They were also accused of stealing the sum of $700,000 from NUE Offshore Resource.

According to the police, the offences committed contravened Sections 8(a), 1(1)(c), 1(3), 383, 390 (9) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act, CAP A8 Vol 1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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