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EFCC Arraigns Couple Over $38,400 Deal

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday June 26, 2015 said that it arraigned a couple, Prince Alphonsus Mbakwe, and his wife,  Florence, before Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos High Court on a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, said the accused persons allegedly defrauded one Professor Uchenna Elike under the guise of helping him to secure a consultancy job in the presidency.

One of the count reads: “That you, Prince Alphonsus Mbakwe, between 2010 and 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, by false pretence and with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $38,400 from Professor Uchenna Elike.”

According to the charge, the accused falsely represented himself to the said Professor Elike, through Chidiebere Igbokwe and Mrs. Chinwe Igbokwe, that vacancy existed in the presidency, Abuja, for his appointment (Elike) as consultant.

The EFCC image maker further disclosed that “the accused said he was in   position to influence the said appointment and that the money the Elike gave him  represented the cost of your logistics, accommodation, flight and facilitation fees for the said appointment, which representation you knew to be false.’’

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, G.C Akaogu, prayed the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused persons in prison custody.

Justice Akapo ordered that the accused persons be remanded in EFCC’s custody and adjourned the matter to June 30, 2015 for hearing of the bail application.