EFCC arraigns duo for alleged fraud of 66.9 million naira


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a man, Innocent Chukwu and a woman, Mrs. Obiageli Anachebe before an Ikeja High Court, Lagos for allegedly defrauding a woman of a total sum of N66,900,000.00.
The EFCC said Chukwu, alias Dr. Ohamadike, and Anachebe, with intent to defraud, obtained N50,000,000.00 from a businesswoman Mrs. Vivian Amadike, under the pretext that they would solve all her problems spiritually.
It said the defendants knew the representation to be false and that the alleged fraud was committed between October and December 2013, in Lagos.
The anti-graft agency made the allegation during the defendants’ arraignment before Justice O. A. Ipaye on a five-count charge with No. ID/1332C/2015.
It accused Chukwu and Anachebe of the offences of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences, stealing by fraudulent conversion and concealment of deed.
According to the Commission, the offences contravened Section 8(a) and 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and Sections 285(9)(c) and 288 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
It further alleged that Chukwu, on or about February 14, 2014, dishonestly converted another sum of N16,900,000.00 property of Amadike and Pamela Ihediwa of Bluebeam Capital Ltd, Lagos.
The Commission said Chukwu obtained the sum by claiming to have for sale, a United States dollar equivalent of the N16.9m “which representation he knew to be false and dishonest.”
The EFCC added that between October and December 2013, Chukwu fraudulently and dishonestly obtained and concealed the title documents to a building valued at N35 million at No. 4, Nteje Street, New Haven, Enugu, property of Amadike.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Ipaye remanded the defendants and adjourned the case till October 14 and 28 for hearing of bail applications.

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