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2 in EFCC net over $60,000 fraud

BY IFEANYI OKOLIE

LAGOS — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, said it has arrested two suspected fraudsters, Nnanna Kalu, 26 and Ukaegbu Arisa Oti, 27, over $60,000 fraud.

The suspects, who were arraigned before Justice F. A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia State on a 28‑count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery, met their waterloo when they defrauded a South African, Michael J. Firm of $60,000 under the pretence of registering his company with National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to enable it supply the Federal Ministry of Defence with pre‑cooked meals in sachets.

Vanguard gathered that the duo are alleged members of a five‑man syndicate that specialise in defrauding foreign investors.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

Thereafter, the prosecuting counsel, Mainforce Adaka Ekwu asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused persons in prison custody.

Counsel to the accused, Saint Moses Ogbonna asked the court for a short date to enable him file an application for bail.

Justice Olubanjo adjourned the matter till May 15, 2014 for the hearing of bail application and June 19, 2014 for trial. The accused are to be remanded in prison custody.


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