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Man Remanded In Prison After Lying that His Sister is EFCC's Public Relations Officer

A fraudster has found himself in trouble with the law after he was charged and remanded in prison over allged fraud and deception.
 
The EFCC Enugu Zonal office on Wednesday arraigned the man, Ezeja Joseph Chukwuemeka before Hon. Justice I.B. Gafai of the Federal High Court Awka, Anambra, on one count charge of obtaining the sum of N750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) under false pretence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and punishable under Section 1(3) of same Act.

In a bizarre case of twisted fate, Ezeja, who had hitherto been a complainant against the petitioner is now facing trial for allegedly obtaining funds from the same man he had accused with a promise to thwart the ongoing investigation against him.

He had assured the petitioner whom he had earlier petitioned against (In a multi-million naira scam case) that he had a sister who is a PRO in EFCC who needed to be settled with the money. Unknown to him, his conversation and subsequent collection of the money at a beer palour was recorded by the petitioner who apparently wanted to get even.

He pleaded not guilty to the one count charge preferred against him prompting the prosecution counsel, Mela Musa Gwani to ask for a trial date and equally prayed the court to remand the accused.

The accused who had no legal rep, as he claimed his lawyer was on his way to the court, pleaded with the judge to grant him bail, but was told that bail could only be granted when it is legally filed and moved by a lawyer.

He was eventually remanded in prison pending the filling of  bail application and the case adjourned to 7th December, 2017.

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