The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today, January 22nd, 2018 arraigned one Ijeoma Ugwah before honourable Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of the Kano State High Court on a count charge obtaining by false pretense. The accused person allegedly obtained the sum of N4,000,000 (Four Million Naira Only) from the complainant under the pretext that she would secure him a job in the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
According to the complainant, he was introduced to the accused person by one Engineer Johnson where she told him to pay the sum of N4,000,000 (Four Million Naira Only) if he wants a job. The complainant subsequently paid the sum as he was instructed to by the accused person.
After he paid the money, the accused person told him that he would receive a call from Reuben Abati, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Since then, the complainant neither hear from the accused nor Reuben Abati which prompted him to petitioned the Commission.
The charge read that “You Ijeoma Ugwah on the 8th November, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N4,000,000 (Four Million Naira Only) through the zenith Bank account of Conskemy Associates Nigeria Limited with account number 1011029215 from one Umar Ahmed under the false pretense that the money was required for an employment you will secure for him which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section (1)(1)(a) of the Advance fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.
After listening to the charge, the accused person pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel, Salihu Sani requested the court for a trial date in view of the plea of the accused person.
Counsel for the accused person, moved bail application on behalf of the accused.
Prosecution counsel informed the court that he was just serve with charge and needed time to respond.
Justice Aboki adjourned the matter to January 25th, 2018 for hearing of bail application and ordered that the accused person be remanded in EFCC custody.