Tuesday, 28 March 2017

EFCC Arraigns Businessman Over Obtaining N4.4m Under False Pretence

By Ige Olugbenga

An Enugu-based businessman was arraigned by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday for financial impropriety.

The man, named as Nicholas Emenike, was arraigned before Justice C.C. Ani of the State High Court, Enugu on a two-count charge of obtaining the sum of N4,467,500 under false pretences and issuance of a dud cheque to the tune of the same amount.

According to Daily Post, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

After his not fuilty plea, his lawyer Enih G. prayed the court to grant his client bail on the ground that he was not only sick but had recently lost his wife.

The prosecution lawyer, Michael Ani opposed the bail application arguing that the accused had earlier jumped the administrative bail granted him.

Suspect lied

According to a petition brought before the commission on 16th August, 2015, the suspect lied to the complainant that his company Rosa Construction Company had been awarded a multi-million naira contract and needed him to supply iron rods worth N4.4 million to execute part of the contract on credit, pledging to pay up within a month.

However, after many months of non-payment of the said sum, coupled with an excuse that the contract had been cancelled by his client, the complainant then demanded the return of his items (iron rods) only to find out to his dismay that the accused person had sold them off.

Thereafter, all efforts to get back his money were to no avail only for Emenike to issue a Diamond bank cheque which when presented was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.

Emenike, who was due for arraignment on April 4, 2016, had jumped an administrative bail granted him by the Commission shortly before the date. He was subsequently re-arrested on 17th March, 2017 culminating in today’s arraignment.

Defendant granted bail

Presiding Judge, Justice C.C. Ani, nevertheless graciously granted the suspect bail on health grounds to the tune of N2m with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties he ruled, must swear affidavits of means, be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and present three years tax clearance starting from 2015.

The case was adjourned to April 5, 2017 for hearing and offender mediation.

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