Crimes commission arraigns couple for alleged land fraud

A couple has been arraigned before Federal High Court Enugu on three-count charges bordering on obtaining the sum of N2,750,000.00  by false pretence in an alleged land fraud

Penpushing reports that Head Media and Publicity Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) Dele Oyewale made this known in a statement and gave identity of the couple as Mr Udeani Simon Sunday and Udeani Dorcas Amaka

“That you Udeani Simon Sunday and Udeani Dorcas Amaka, between 10th July 2019 to 19th December 2019 in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, induced one Onugu Angela Chinyere to deliver to you the sum of Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Naira (N2,750,000.00) under the pretence that you would sell to her a plot of land behind Ebenezer Anglican Church, Ala-Uguaji along Enugu/Port Harcourt Road, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the  same act”, the count reads

Penpushing further reports that Oyewale said the husband and wife pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which prosecuting counsel, Nurudeen Ingawa prayed the court for a trial date, while the defence counsel, E.C. Nwauba made an application for their bail.

The trial judge Justice Umar granted them bail in the sum of N5million with one surety in like sum, while the surety must be a civil servant not below grade level 10 and residing within the court’s jurisdiction,and subsequently the case was adjourned till February 6, 2024.

Penpushing also reports that in a different case, Johnson Aniekwe was arraigned  before Justice Cyprian Ajah of the Enugu State High Court on three- count charges bordering on obtaining N9,170,000.00 by false pretence, forgery and personation.

“That you Johnson Aniekwe sometime in August 2019 in Enugu, Enugu State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, induced one Aneke Kanayo to deliver to you the sum of N9,170,000.00 (Nine Million, One Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) under the pretence that you will allocate two plots of land, situated at Valley View Estate Extension and Golf Estate, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an Offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act”, one of the charges read

Penpushing reports that he pleaded not guilty to the charges, upon which prosecuting counsel,NurudeenIngawa asked the court for a trial date, while the defence counsel A.G. Anyigo prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

Penpushing further reports that Justice Ajah granted the bail application and adjourned the case till March 7, 2024.

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