The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday November 28, 2016, docked one Okwara Victory before Justice I.B Gafai of the Federal High Court Awka, Anambra State, for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretense to the tune of $8,674USD.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty.
In view of his plea, the defense counsel, Emma Onyibor applied for the bail of his client but the prosecuting counsel, Habila Jonathan informed the court that he was served the motion for bail shortly before proceedings commenced and asked for time to study the application and respond.
The court upheld the argument of the EFCC counsel and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody, while the case was adjourned to December 6, 2016, for hearing and consideration of bail application.
One of the charges against the accused person read: “That you Okwara Victory sometime in the month of April 2016 at Onitsha within Awka Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud did obtained the sum of N1,332,420 (one million three hundred and thirty two thousand four and twenty naira) being the Naira equivalent of $4,190 (Four Thousand One Hundred and Ninety US Dollars) from one Ekweaba Oyemechi when you falsely represented yourself to him that your girlfriend who lives in America will send you $4,190 (Four Thousand One Hundred Ninety US Dollars ) meant for your return ticket to America, a pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section1(1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.