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Abuja businesswoman faces fraud charges

14 February 2014, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought a businesswoman, Ngozi Ibeka, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Wuse, Abuja on a 14-count charge bordering on fraud and breach of trust.

According to EFCC press statement, Ibeka is the Managing Director of Em-Lette Nigeria Limited.

She was alleged to have received several supplies of rice from Stallion Nigeria Limited and issued 14 different cheques in payment.

However, the cheques were dishonoured by the banks due to insufficient funds in her account.

The charge sheet, in part, reads, “That you Mrs. Ngozi Ibeka while being the Managing Director of Em-Lette Nigeria Limited, sometime in 2013 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory with intent to defraud, did issue a Zenith Bank Cheque No. 52088431 dated 21 February, 2013, in the sum of Five Million Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira (N5, 490.000) to one Popular Foods Limited to obtain credit which when presented within three months was dishonoured on the ground of insufficient funds standing to your credit and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of the Dishonoured Cheque (Offences ) Act cap D11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under section 1(1) of the same Act.”

Although she pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her but Justice Valentine Ashi has adjourned the case for hearing of the bail application.

– CAJ News

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