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EFCC arraigns 2 on charge of advance fee fraud

06 November 2013, 19:40

Abuja- The EFCC on Wednesday arraigned Mark Behora and Talatu Kama on two courts charge of advance fee fraud before an FCT High Court.

The prosecutor, Mohammed Bello, told the court that the accused persons in June 2009, conspired and obtained N39 million from one Hajiya Aishatu Dahiru under false pretense.

Bello alleged that the two accused persons collected the money with a promise to change it for dollars for Dahiru.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 1(1) (a) and 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After arraignment, the prosecutor prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him produce witnesses in court.

The accused counsel, Frank Ikpe, prayed the court to grant his clients bail, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution which assumed the accused to be innocent until they are proven guilty by the court.

Giving his ruling, Justice Sunday Aladetoyinbo admitted Behara to bail in the sum of N20 million while Kama was admitted to bail in the sum of N8 million and a one surety each in like sum.

The judge also ordered that if the accused failed to meet up the bail conditions, they should be remanded in Kuje Prison.

He adjourned hearing in the case to January 30, 2014.



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