$700k Vessel Deal: 2 Dutch Citizens To Be Arraigned On Wednesday In Uyi Igbinigie’s NUE Offshore Ltd’s Fraud Suit

The arraignment follows a prolonged battle between the Dutchs and a Nigerian businessman, Uyi Igbinigie.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Lagos Federal High Court has fixed April 17, for the arraignment of two Dutch citizens, Eline Holtes, a woman and Henricus Jacob De Kok over charges bordering on alleged conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and stealing the sum of $707, 363, 10. Eline and Jacob were charged to the court by Operatives of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex Alagbon-Ikoyi Lagos, have charged. The arraignment follows a prolonged battle between the Dutchs and a Nigerian businessman, Uyi Igbinigie via his company, NUE Offshore Resources Limited.

The two foreigners were dragged before the court alongside side a company, Damen Charter International 12B.V, in a charge marked FHC/L/153c/24. The charge ForceCID through its prosecutor, S. O. Ayodele, alleged that the defendants, conspired among themselves to commit the offences sometimes in 2019. The defendants were alleged to have by fraudulently obtained the said sum from a firm, NUE offshore Resource, under the pretence of selling a Vessel.

Eline Holtes

The defendants’ alleged offences according to the police, contravened sections 8(a), 1(1)(c)  and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related offences Act, CAP A8 Vol 1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And section 383 and punishable under section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap. C38. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

In February, the Dutch citizens (through their engineering firm) had sent a petition to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr Kayode Egbetokun, accusing NUE Offshore Resources Limited  and Uyi Igbinigie of armed robbery against their ship anchored at the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) jetty in Warri, Delta State. The petition, dated 4 February 2024, was submitted to the office of the Inspector General of Police on 5 February 2024 on behalf of Damen Charter International Ltd by its Solicitors, Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun.

A copy of the petition, titled “REPORT OF A CASE OF ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST ONE MR. UYI IGBINIGIE AND NUE OFFSHORE RESOURCES LIMITED” stated that the ship robbery incident took place on February 2, 2024. Recounting the events that led to the alleged robbery incident, the petition stated that Damen, as owner of the Fast Crew Supplier 1605 Aluminium vessel named MV NUE Swift, had in 2019 entered into an agreement with NUE, represented by its Managing Director, Uyi Igbinigie, for the charter and hire-purchase of the vessel, but after taking delivery of the vessel from Damen, NUE consistently failed to pay the monthly instalments it was obligated to pay to Damen as purchase price of the vessel, despite several demands for payment by Damen.

“Consequently, Damen terminated the charterparty/hire-purchase agreement and sought to repossess the vessel in accordance with the provisions of the charterparty/hire-purchase agreement. “NUE and Mr. Uyi Igbinigie, however, hid the vessel and frustrated Damen’s efforts to repossess it. Damen commenced a suit at the Federal High Court, Warri Division and obtained an Order for the arrest of the vessel.

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