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NIGERIA: Italian National Face Jail For Disobeying Court Order

A convicted Italian citizen have been re-arrested by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Floriana De-Stefani was arrested for failing to obey a court order upon her conviction by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The judge had, on October 7, 2022, found De-Stefani guilty of using false documents and counterfeit seals to confer on herself ownership of a property belonging to a company, Waterside Properties Limited, an offence contrary to Section 366 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

Delivering judgment, Justice Dada had sentenced De-Stefani to three years in prison and ordered the release of the property on Warring Road (formerly Bayo Kuku Road), Ikoyi, Lagos, to Waterside Properties Limited within three weeks.

De-Stefani was dragged back before the court for disobeying the order to vacate the property and release it to the company.

Following her arrest on Tuesday, she was also issued a notice by the Commission to vacate the property within seven days or risk legal actions.

De-Stefani, alongside Stella Ndubusi Ogboju, was first arraigned on March 30, 2019, on five-count charge bordering on forgery and stealing of a property belonging to a company, Waterside Properties Limited.

The charge was later amended to six-count by the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima.