Photo: EFCC docks suspected female fraudster for N3.92m job scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today arraigned one
Eucharia Ekezie before Justice Olasumbo Olajumoke Goodluck of the
Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on a
ten-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
Ekezie, in connivance with one Hamid Bakoji (now at
large), allegedly defrauded over seventy job applicants to the tune of
N3.920million under the pretext that the money would be used to
facilitate employments for them in various federal government
establishments including Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Communication
Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service and National Assembly.

The offence contravenes Section 8 (a) and 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.
One of the counts reads:

“That you, Mrs. Eucharia Ekezie and Hamid Bakoji (now at large),
sometime between the 15/10/2012 and 06/12/12 in Abuja, within the
jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, with
the intent to defraud, did obtain an aggregate sum of N1, 120, 000.00
(One Million, One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) via your Skye Bank
account No. 1018539796 from one Eze Gereldine Uzoamaka under the false
pretence that the said sum will be used to secure employments for some
job applicants in Federal Government establishment, which you knew was
false and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of
the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and
punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty the charge. In view of her plea,
counsel to EFCC, Chris Omisaga urged the court to fix a date for trial.

However, Ekezie’s counsel, C. S. Nwaogu told the court that he had a
pending application for bail of his client and prayed the court to admit
the defendant to bail. Justice Olasumbo Goodluck granted the accused
bail in the sum of N2million with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties must be civil servants not below Grade Level 14. The
defendant must also submit her international passport to the court
Registrar.

The Judge, thereafter, adjourned to June 13-14, 2017 for hearing.

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