EFCC arraigns four over N2.9m scam

The accused persons allegedly defrauded a company of N2.9 million

Two men were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, on a five count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

The men, Uzoma Okonkwo and Okonkwo Ugochukwu, were charged alongside their companies – Mayor Global Resources Investment Limited and Okonkwo Energy Solution Limited before a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The EFCC accused the two of allegedly defrauding a company – Dezern Nigeria Limited- of N2.9million.

The charges, according to the EFCC, contradict “section 516 of the Criminal Code Act Cap 77, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990 read in conjunction with section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The EFCC counsel, Anselem Ozioko, prayed the court to remand the accused persons in prison pending the hearing of the case. The defence counsel, Frank Ndigwe, however informed the court that he had filed an application for bail for the accused persons and asked the court to consider the application.

In his ruling, the judge, Okechuku Okeke, adjourned the case to October 29 and November 1, 9, and 19, and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison.


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