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Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

EFCC arraigns business woman for alleged N3m fraud

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi zonal office yesterday arraigned one Anna Ogbole and her company Henot Global Business Limited on a one – count charge for allegedly obtaining the sum of N3,200,000 (Three Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) under false pretence.
She was arraigned before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon sitting at the Federal High Court Makurdi, Benue State.
A release from the office of the zonal head, EFCC Makurdi, said they received a petition from a complainant against Mrs. Ann Ogbole alleging that he entered into an agreement with the suspect to finance a contract she was awarded.
The complainant alleged that he made a contribution to the sum of Three Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N3,200,000) towards the execution of a contract and the proceeds there from to be shared between them.
The charge reads:
“That you Ann Ogbole being a Director and acting on behalf of Henot Global Business Limited on or about 21st November, 2017 at Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the sum of N3, 200, 000.00 ( Three Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from one Adima Godwin Egbe under false pretence that you will partner with him to execute a contract entered into between Henot Global Business Limited and State Universal Primary Education Board (SUBEB), with intent to defraud which pretence you knew to be false and thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
The accused, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charges were read to her.
Prosecution counsel, Y. Y.Tarfa, asked for a trial date and urged the Court to remand the accused in prison custody. He raised a clarification to the Court on the issue of the case being in lower Court, pointing out that was based on Issuance of Dud cheque while the one at the Federal High Court is based on Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006. He also prayed for an accelerated hearing.
However, counsel to the accused M. O. Ozuba raised a preliminary objection to the arragnment of the defendant for a similar case before the State High Court Makurdi, even as the Court told him to file a formal application to be heard.
He made an oral application for bail of his client on liberal terms which the Court granted.
Justice Olajuwon granted bail to the accused in the sum of N1.5 Million Naira with one surety in like sum, who must show proof of relationship to the defendant and present a letter of identification to the Court.
Also, the surety must show evidence of three years tax clearance, and must reside in Makurdi, submit two recent passport photographs. Address of the surety must be verified by the registrar of the Court and the prosecutor must verify the documents the surety presents to the Court.
Anna Ogbole was remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of her bail conditions and the case was adjourned to November 5, 2019 for trial.

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