Abuja - Two suspects have been arraigned before the Federal High Court Umuahia, Abia State on a 28-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Nnanna Kalu (26) and Ukaegbu Arisa Oti (27) are part of a five-man syndicate that allegedly defrauded one Michael J. Firm, a South African, of the sum of $60 000 under the pretense of registering his company with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control.
One of the charge reads, “That you Nnanna Kalu, Ukaegbu Arisa, James David Njoku (at large), Lekwauwa David Emeragh (at large) and Anyaso Okoro (at large) on about 3rd June 2013 in Aba Abia State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with the intent to defraud obtained the sum of $37 827 from Michael J. Firm (a South African Citizen) through United Bank of Africa (UBA) account number 3001510615 of Adimigiri Nig Ltd, under the false pretence that the money is meant to register his company with NAFDAC for the purpose of supplying Federal Ministry of Defence with pre-cooked meals in sachet, from South Africa, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable Under Section (3) of the same Act.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them but the prosecution counsel, Mainforce Adaka Ekwu asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused person in prison custody.
Counsel to the accused persons, Saint Moses Ogbonna asked the court for a short date to enable him file an application for bail.
Justice Olubanjo adjourned the case to Thursday for the hearing of bail application and June 19 for trial.
The accused remain in custody.
- CAJ News