EFCC arrests 3 suspected criminals for N3.8m fraud in Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has arrested three suspected criminals, including Helen Oyelowo, Manshop Christopher and Paul A.Okache, for obtaining the sum of N3.8million under false pretense in Abuja.
They were brought before Justice J.O.E Adeyemi Ajayi on June 7, 2022 on a fourteen count charges against them on obtaining money under false pretense.
Specifically, the trio are accused of obtaining money by false pretense from Nwoye Chinonso Emmanuel, Gbolade Adediran, Joseph Lafidi Kingo, Nwosu Agatha Chinyere, Dagett Zaram, and Kemi Oluwatoyin totaling N3.8 million representing 50 percent processing fee of a Federal Government of Nigeria COVID-19 grant for civil servants.
They are also alleged to have collected a total sum of N547, 615 as 10 percent legal fee of a Federal Government of Nigeria COVID-19 grant for civil servants.
Count 14 of the charge alleged that the 3rd defendant “retained the control of the aggregate sum of N547, 615 (Five Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Six hundred and Fifteen Naira) purportedly as 10 per cent Legal Fees of a Federal Government of Nigeria COVID-19 grant for civil servants, proceeds of criminal conduct of Manshop Christopher when you know that proceeds are as a result of crime and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 17(a) and punishable under Section 17 (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004′.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
Based on their pleas, defense counsels: Dominic Anyador and Agu Aondongu for the 1st defendant and Okache Frederick Obagwu and Efe G. Daniel for the 2nd and 3rd defendants applied for bail which was not objected to by the EFCC Counsel : H.M. Mohammed.
Justice Adeyemi-Ajayi granted the defendants bail in the sum of N10, 000,000 (Ten Million Naira) each, with two sureties in like sum who must be civil servants on not less than grade level 13. He remanded the defendants in a Correctional Centre till bail is perfected.
The matter was adjourned till September 20,, 2022 for commencement of trial.