Enugu - The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a middle aged man, Mark Eze at the
Federal High Court in Enugu for alleged fraud.
Eze, along with Dominus Vobiscum Investment Ltd. was
arraigned on 11-count charge of false pretence, falsification and obtaining of
N18.4 million by tricks from members of a Catholic Church in Enugu.
The accused, a Director in the company was said to have
advertised for deposits from the church members in the company without a valid
license from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The offence contravened Section 44 (1) of the Banks and
Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3, Laws of the Federation 2004
punishable under Section 59 (6) of the same Act.
Eze was said to have defrauded nine members of the church to
the tune of N18.4 million through false pretence.
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He was said to have presented Dominus Vobiscum Investment
Ltd. as an investment company capable of paying high interest returns on the
When the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not
guilty of the alleged offences.
The counsel to the defence, Mr J. Nwatu filed a motion for
the bail of his client, adding that the constitutional rights of his clients
had been severely breached.
The Prosecution counsel, Mr Mainforce Adaka told the court
that the bail application motion would not be heard as he was just served prior
to the arraignment.
He asked for an adjournment to enable him prepare for a
counter affidavit on the motion for bail.
Ruling on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice D. Agishi
adjourned the matter to March 16 for hearing on the bail application and
ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody.