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Rivers fraud trio back in court

11 February 2015, 08:57Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Three suspects, including a married couple, have been arraigned in court on charges of fraudulently receiving more than N8 million in a purported hospital deal in Rivers State.

Nwabueze Nwabueze (alias HRM Ezeugo 1), his wife, Bridget Nwabueze (alias Juliet) and Ngozi Izime Orji (alias Ben Azua) have appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt , Rivers State on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

The trio and others at large are suspected leaders of a syndicate from Obagi Community, Ahoada, Rivers State, who engage in fraudulent acts of obtaining by false pretence and impersonation.

They are alleged to have committees the crimes between September 2011 and March 2013 in Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Oil executives to appear in court over fraudulent deals

Among the charges, it is alleged the arraigned trio and others now at large between November 2011 and July, in the city, defrauded and obtained N6, 65 million from one Architect Austine Ilenre Emuan as logistic, registration and processing fee for the purported award of construction of cottage hospital and supply of hospital equipments for Obagi Community, Onelga Local Government Area of Rivers.

It was allegedly paid to them through an Ecobank Bank account.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charge.

The case has been adjourned to March 30, 2015 for hearing on the bail application.

The two men remain in custody while the third accused was tentatively released upon an undertaking by the counsel to enable her take care of her baby.

- CAJ News


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