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Published On: Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

EFCC arraigns royal father for N12m fraud

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efcc-chairman bossBy Joy Baba

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arraigned a traditional ruler, Cornelius Nwoga, Nze Obi IV, before Justice V. Agishi of Federal High Court, Enugu, Enugu State on an 8-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

This was contained in a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren in Abuja.

The statement said the accused is alleged to have conspired with a syndicate to defraud one Okey Marcel of the sum of N12, 435,500 by falsely presenting himself as a staff of Agip Oil Company and awarding a contract to construct five boreholes to Okey Marcel with the pretense that Agip Oil Company was awarding contracts for Aggah town, Egbema, Rivers state.

The statement named other members of the syndicate (now at large) to include Njoku Odili Eze, Ikechukwu Obi, ChinasaOsadebe and one DonatusAzubike alias Engineer Casmir (already convicted).

The accused person pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Based on the plea of the accused person, the statement said the prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie, asked the court to fix a date for the trial and to remand the accused in prison custody.

“Attempt by the defence counsel, Sunny Onyike to move the motion for bail for his client was opposed by prosecution counsel, on the grounds that he has just been served in the court and so would need time to respond to it.

Justice Agishi adjourned the matter to April 14, for hearing on the bail application while the accused person was remanded in prison custody.

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