March 2, 2013

Man arraigned for N2.8m fraud

Lagos – The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned a 32-year-old unemployed man, Ugochukwu Ugoamadi, who allegedly attempted to defraud the United Bank for Africa (UBA) of N2. 8 million.

Ugoamadi, who lives at 19, Ibadan St., Palmgrove, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.

He allegedly presented the cheque, purportedly issued by one Ogodo Darcy, at a branch of the bank in Awka on Feb. 1.

The prosecutor, SP Effiong Asuquo of the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, told the court that Ugoamadi conspired with others at large to commit the fraud.

 “Ugoamadai walked into the Zik’s Ave., Awka, Anambra branch of UBA and presented a cheque of the above sum for account No. 2052660931 belonging to Ogodo Darcy which is domiciled in Sapele, Delta but when the account holder was called for confirmation, he denied issuing such a cheque.

“He had previously presented other cheques for other accounts but always escaped arrest up until Feb. 1.

“He claimed that the cheques were given to him by one Mr Oro who is currently at large,” Effiong said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 409 and 405 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Ugoamadi, however, pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail by the magistrate, Mrs Y. R. Pinheiro, in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case has been adjourned till March 21 for mention. (NAN)