EFCC Arraigns Businessman Over N19M Fraud At Ikeja Special Offences Court

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arraigned a businessman, Charles Ihenetu and his company, V-Choice International Company Nigeria Limited before a Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos.

Ihenetu was arraigned on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence to the tune of N19 million.

One of the count reads, “That you Charles Ihenetu, V- Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Victor Ezinwoke (still at large), Nonso Anigbogu (now at large) and one Romeo (still at large) sometime in September, 2015 at Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N19, 000,000 (Nineteen Million Naira) from Mr. Osaduwa Amechi through V-Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Zenith Bank Account No. 1011802106 under the false Pretence that the said sum of money represented his investment on crude oil on-board a vessel Kaveri Spirit bound for Ghana from Nigeria which Pretence you knew was false”.

According to EFCC, the offence is contrary to section 8 (a),and 1(1)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No 14 of 2006.

When the case was called today, EFCC Counsel, Mrs Zainab Ettu, applied that the charge be read to the defendant.

After listening to the three count charge, the defendant pleaded not guilty and Ettu prayed the court for trial date and remand of the defendant in prison custody.

In response, the Defence Counsel, Mr. Joseph Eziwenke made an oral application for the bail of the defendant, which was refused by the Trial Judge, who ordered the defence counsel to a formally applly for bail.

Eziwenke consequently pleaded with the court that defendant be remanded in EFCC custody due to his health challenges, as he said the defendant has spinal cord injury and all others ailments.

After listening to counsel on both sides, Justice Mojisola Dada subsequently remanded the defendant in prison custody.

Meanwhile, the matter has been adjourned till June 20, for trial.

One of the count reads, “That you Charles Ihenetu, V- Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Victor Ezinwoke (still at large), Nonso Anigbogu (now at large) and one Romeo (still at large) sometime in September, 2015 at Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N19, 000,000 (Nineteen Million Naira) from Mr. Osaduwa Amechi through V-Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Zenith Bank Account No. 1011802106 under the false Pretence that the said sum of money represented his investment on crude oil on-board a vessel Kaveri Spirit bound for Ghana from Nigeria which Pretence you knew was false”.

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