In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, September, 2020

EFCC Arraigns Ex-poly Director For N27m Contract Rip-off In Anambra

EFCC Arraigns Ex-poly Director For N27m Contract Scam In Anambra

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Pius Ezeokafor

A former Director of Bodily Planning, and at present Senior Lecturer within the Division of Structure, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Pius Ezeokafor has been arraigned by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee earlier than Justice O. Ezeoke of the State Excessive Court docket sitting in Ekwulobia, Aguata Native Authorities Space of Anambra State.

He was arraigned on Tuesday, on three counts bordering on acquiring cash by false pretence and gratification to the tune of N27 million.

One of many fees learn, “That you simply, Arc. Pius Ugochukwu Ezeokafor someday between the yr 2011 and 2012 at Oko, Aguata Native Authorities Space inside the jurisdiction of the Excessive Court docket of Anambra State, did commit felony to wit: with intent to defraud, obtained by false pretence the sum of N27m from one Emerson Associates Ltd. and Dr Okechukwu Enemuo (being Managing Director of Emerson Associates Restricted), while you represented to them that you’d assist them get a contract of N1 billion upon fee of facilitation price, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby dedicated an offence.”

An announcement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, mentioned the defendant allegedly met the petitioners on website on the polytechnic the place they had been executing two building contracts and provided to make use of his workplace as director of bodily planning to swing the contract for them if they might pay him N27m facilitation price.

“After receiving the fee, the defendant neither facilitated the promised contract nor refund their cash.

“Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded not responsible to the three counts most popular towards him by the EFCC,” the assertion mentioned.

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It mentioned the prosecution counsel, Fortune Asemebo, requested for a trial date whereas the defence counsel, Lucius Ogbuagu moved a movement for the bail of the defendant.

Justice Ezeoke, after listening to from each counsel, granted the defendant bail within the sum of N10m with one surety in like sum who will need to have landed property inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom.

The surety have to be beneficial by a authorized practitioner or city union president and should present proof of tax clearance for the previous three years.

The courtroom adjourned the matter until October 14, 21, and November 5 for trial.

 

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