The Economic and financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday March 14, 2016, arraigned Raymond Odika on a six count charge, bordering on criminal conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence, before Justice Dugbo-Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court, Enugu.
Odika connived with one Solomon Chidi Onyia(still at large) to defraud Malachy Olife and Peter Sunday to the tune of N624,000.00 under the pretext that they were staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC.
One of the counts reads, “that you Raymond Odika and Mr. Solomon Chidi Onyia(now at large) on or about the 4th Day of December 2015, in Enugu, Enugu state, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, conspired between yourselves to commit a felony to wit; obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
Odika pleaded not guilty on all counts of the charge preferred against him.
In view of his plea, the EFCC counsel , I. I. Mbachie urged the court to remand the accused person in prison and fix a date for the bail hearing and continuation of trial.
But before adjourning to March 23, 2016, Justice Dugbo-Oghoghorie admitted the accused person to bail on the grounds that he had been on administrative bail granted him by the EFCC.