Briton to get extradited by Lagos DPP over $8.8million

by Ranti Joseph

Well, not only Nigerians that get extradition as foreigners too can also get extradition in Nigeria. The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) may soon be filing a request for the extradition of a British citizen, Deepak Khilnani, to face criminal charges in Nigeria.

Khilnani, an Indian-Briton chartered accountant, was alleged, along with one Sushil Chandra, duped his Nigerian partner, Green Fuels Limited, to the tune of $8.8million in 2008.

The DPP, last week Thursday, filed a charge marked ID/1544c/15 before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja against the suspects, the charge contains  four counts bordering on conspiracy, cheating, stealing and false representation.

According to Punch, it was learnt that Khilnani had since last year absconded to the United Kingdom after he was granted an administrative bail by the Nigerian police.

In one of the counts, the prosecution alleged that the suspects fraudulently tricked Green Fuels Limited to pay greater sum for machinery purchased from Gentec Limited than it would have paid for such machinery, while another count accused of making false statement to the Corporate Affairs Commission knowing same to be false, with intent to defraud the shareholders and members of Green Fuels Limited.

The offences, according to the prosecution, contravened sections 390(6), 421, 422 and 436 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C17, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.

Apparently, this is not the first time Khilnan is duping people as it was learnt, is an ex-convict in the UK.

A conviction certificate dated November 13, 1998, issued by the  British Crown Court at Blackfriars indicated that Khilnani was jailed for 18 months after being convicted for trading with intent to defraud creditors, false accounting and making false statement to auditors.

The UK court document marked T19970811 and signed by J. Jordan stated that Khilnani was disqualified for six years under Section 2, Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

He was also ordered by the court to pay the prosecution cost of £15,000

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