EFCC arraigns ex-Anambra Speaker for 419

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday arraigned one Kanayo Chris Enemuo and Alex Okafor before Justice. I.N Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State, on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N4,245,000.00 (four million, two hundred and forty five thousand naira).

The offence is contrary to section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Mr. Enemuo, a former speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly and former Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, allegedly obtained the said sum under the pretext that he was the rightful owner of plot Os/9, Iyagu Housing Estate.

Mr. Enemuo, in an alleged abuse of his position as a public servant, issued documents purportedly emanating from the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning to mask his fraudulent scheme, the EFCC said.

One of the charges reads:

“That you, Barrister Kanayo Chris Enemuo, Alex Okafor sometime in February 2013 at Awka, Anambra state, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N4,000,000.00 (four million naira) from one Mr. Anthony Okonkwo when you sold to him a plot of land at plot Os/9 Iyagu Housing Estate, Awka, Anambra state under the false pretence that the said plot of land belongs to you, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) the Advanced 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 read to them.

In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Simon Ibekute, asked the court for a trial date.

In response, the counsel to the defendants, Don Ezeani, prayed the court to grant his clients bail.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Oweibo granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N5 million each and one surety each in like sum.

The sureties must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the Court with their Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and addresses verified.

The accused persons are to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions, the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement.

The case was adjourned to May 3 and 4, 2016 for hearing.

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