Awka, – The Federal High Court in Awka has arraigned one Mr Olisa Onuchukwu for allegedly obtaining N2.8 million from an Anambra based businessman, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, under false pretence.
Onuchukwu was accused of obtaining the money on the pretext that he would use it to facilitate the traveling of three persons.
According to the charge read by the Prosecution Counsel, A.N. Obo Esq, the suspect committed the crime between July and October 2017.
“That between July and October 2017 at Awka within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court Awka you did by false pretence and with the intent to defraud obtained from Hon Ndubuisi Nwobu the sum of N2.8 million paid into Zenith and Ecobank Account numbers.
“Pretending that you will use the amount to procure visa for one Chukwunonso Anumba, Ikechukwu Nwinoh and Uchendu Jideofor to enable them travel abroad which you knew to be false and there is no truth in it.
“Thereby committed offense contrary to Section 1(1)a and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006,” it read.
Onuchukwu pleaded not guilty of the offence.
The Defense Counsel, N.A Onwuechi Esq., said the offence was a bail able one and made an oral application which was turned down by Justice B. Quadri.
Quadri directed that a written bail application be filed and the conditions perfected, while the accuse should be remanded.
The matter was fixed for May 30 for hearing.