Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a couple for defrauding an academic more than US$38 000 claiming it will secure him a job in the Presidency.
Prince Alphonsus Mbakwe and his wife, Florence Mbakwe have appeared before Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State High Court on a five- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.
The accused persons are alleged to have defrauded one Professor Uchenna Elike under the guise of helping him to secure a consultancy job in the Presidency.
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It is alleged the pair, by false pretence and with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $38 400 Elike by falsely representing to the said Professor Uchenna Elike through a Chidiebere Igbokwe and Chinwe Igbokwe that the vacancy existed in the Presidency.
It is alleged they claimed they were in a position to influence the said appointment and that the money they obtained from him represented the cost of his logistics, accommodation, flight and facilitation fees for the said appointment.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
Justice Akapo ordered that the accused persons be remanded in EFCC custody and adjourned the matter to Tuesday for hearing of the bail application.
- CAJ News