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EFCC arraigns applicant for defrauding blind woman

25 June 2013, 13:03

Enugu - The EFCC has arraigned one Patrick Abba, an applicant, before the Federal High Court sitting in  Enugu for defrauding  a 57-year-old blind woman.

The accused was said to have called the victim, Mary-Rose Ihekancho, on the phone and explained to her how they met in Kaduna during their youth service.

The accused also allegedly told the victim that he was working with an oil company in Port Harcourt and that his brother-in-law was one of the executive directors.

He was alleged to have demanded for N870 000 from the victim, a teacher, for her son to be engaged by the company.

The accused allegedly told the victim that the company gave his brother in-law two chances in their new recruitment and promised to help her because of her condition.

The counsel to the EFCC, Michael Igweze, said the accused called the victim on phone on Nov. 11, 2011 for the job opportunity but the victim rejected the offer because of her disability.

Igweze said the accused advised her not to lose the opportunity as she would not regret the offer and that the victim rather begged him to replace her with her son who just finished his youth service.

He alleged the victim paid the money in installments and that after concluding the payment, the accused switched off his phone till date.

The counsel to the accused, Ernest Isiwu, said he was not prepared for the cross examination while Justice M.L. Malihua adjourned the case till Oct. 10 for more witnesses to appear.

 - NAN

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