A FederalHigh Court, Enugu on Monday remanded one Gift Onyegam for allegedly defrauding a visually impaired teacher, Mary Ihekanacho, of N830,000.
He was arraigned before Justice M. Shuaibu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on four counts of obtaining money under false pretences.
A statement by the EFCC Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said, “The accused, who hails from Etche Local Government of Rivers State, was working as a security guard with Anti Risk Security Company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State when he and three others conspired to defraud Ihekanacho.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
“The case has been adjourned till June 21, for ruling on the bail application, while the accused is remanded in prison custody,” the statement added.
The charges against the accused read in part, “That you Gift Onyegam, Sunday Promise (at large), Okon Ayebaye (at large), and Opurum Emeka (at large), sometimes in August 2012, in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court defrauded N541,000 from Rosemary Ihekanacho.
“This act was done through a First Bank accountnumber 3050676816 belonging to Okon Susan by false pretence.
“The said money is meant for securing a job for her son at Shell PetroleumDevelopment Company, which pretence you knew to be false and you therebycommitted an offence contrary to Section 1, (1) (a) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the