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Rivers man arraigned for defrauding church

24 June 2015, 18:44Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the prosecution of a man who defrauded a congregation claiming he was an official from a local airliner.

Ifeanyi Ozoh has been arraigned before Justice Quadri of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on a two-count charge bordering on fraud.

The accused allegedly collected various sums of money from one Nwachukwu Pleasure on the pretext that the money would be used to procure an Arik Airline ticket to Lagos to enable the victim attend a job interview with the airline.

The petitioner alleged he received a call from the accused, who introduced himself as a senior staff of Arik Air. He allegedly told him that there were job opportunities at Arik Air and that he should pass the information to his church members, which he did.

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Members of the congregation contacted the accused who asked them to pay various amounts for their flight tickets for the interview. They were provided with the account details of one Edmund Anyanwu with a new generation bank, to which they paid the money.

Ozoh has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Quadri admitted the accused to bail in the sum N50 000 and one surety in like sum.

The surety who must be resident within the jurisdiction the court must have a fixed and traceable address to be verified and attested by the prosecution.

The case has been adjourned to October 19 for trial.

- CAJ News


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