74-year-old arraigned for fraud in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has arraigned a 74-year-old man, Mr Charles Chukwuma, for allegedly defrauding one Matthew Ibemgbo of N1.2m.

Southern City News learnt that the accused had approached his victim and presented himself as a construction engineer, accepted to construct three underground fuel tanks for him and collected the said sum.

The police said the suspect committed the offence in the Abakaliki Local Area of the state on June 17, 2014.

He was arraigned before the Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abakaliki on one count of fraud/false pretence.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, told the court that the offence was punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The charge read, “That you, Charles Chukwuma, on June 17, 2014, in the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtain the sum of N1,200,000 from one Matthew Ewa Ibemgbo by falsely pretending that you were going to construct three underground fuel tanks for him, a presentation you knew to be false or which you reasonably believe to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

The accused was later granted bail based on the application made by his counsel in the sum of N1m with one surety in like sum.

According to Chief Magistrate Blessing Chukwu, the surety must be a senior civil servant of Ebonyi State origin and resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

But the suspect was remanded in a correctional centre because he could not meet the bail conditions.

Chukwu, however, adjourned the matter till February 17, 2020, for hearing.

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