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Traditional leader behind bars for fraud

08 April 2014, 20:00

Abuja - A traditional ruler has appeared in court after he played part in the defrauding a man by suspects falsely claiming to be officials from a leading oil company.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Cornelius Nwoga, before Justice Agishi of the Federal High Cour in Enugu an eight-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

According to a press statement by the Commission, the accused is alleged to have conspired with a syndicate to defraud one Okey Marcel of the sum of N12,4 million by falsely presenting himself as a staff of Agip Oil Company and awarding a contract to construct five boreholes with the pretense that Agip Oil Company was awarding contracts for Aggah town in Egbema, Rivers State.

He and the co-accused allegedly falsely represented themselves as staff of Agip Oil Company and elders of Aggah village with a contract to construct the boreholes in Aggah village.

The anti-graft agency said other members of the syndicate now at large include Njoku Odili Eze, Ikechukwu Obi, Chinasa Osadebe and one Donatus Azubike alias Engineer Casmir.

Justice Agishi adjourned the matter to April 14th 2014, for hearing on the bail application while the accused person was remanded in custody.

- CAJ News


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