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  • Updated: May 15, 2024

Enugu: EFCC arraigns 2 over alleged contract fraud

Enugu: EFCC arraigns 2 over alleged contract fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Command, has arraigned two suspects, Onuaguluchi Chris and Izuchukwu David before Justice Mohammed Umar of the Federal High Court in Enugu.

The defendants were charged with five counts of conspiracy, retention of proceeds of crime, and collecting N382,336,955 under false pretence.

They reportedly defrauded one Mackombo Omoila, Managing Director/CEO of Architekon Nigeria Limited, of the aforementioned money for a supposedly non-existent World Health Organisation contract to build six Unity Houses for hospitals in six Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Mr Izuchukwu Shedrack David, Mrs Onuaguluchi Ifeakanwa Chris and Chief S. C. Ugwuanyi (Now at large), sometime between 4th May 2023 in Enugu, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtained from Architekon Nigeria Limited, an aggregate sum of Three-hundred and Thirty-one Million, Three-hundred and Seventy-six Thousand Naira (331, 376, 000. 00), paid into account number 1534670390, with account name Izuchukwu Shedrack David, domiciled in Access Bank Plc by falsely representing that the money is meant for counterpart fund for a contract to construct six unity houses for hospitals in six Local Government Areas in Ebonyi State as approved by World Health Organisation, a pretext 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 Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The defendants pled not guilty once the accusations were read to them.

Given the defendants' pleas, EFCC counsel Michael Ikechukwu Ani and Blessing Obasi requested the court to set a trial date and confine them at the Enugu State Correctional Facility.

However, defence counsels E. C. Chinenyeze and C. I. Enechionyia notified the court of pending bail petitions, moved the respective motions, and begged the court to grant their clients release on liberal conditions.

Given the nature of the offence, the EFCC counsels opposed the petitions, claiming that if granted release, the accused would jump bail.

The issue was then continued until June 6, 2024, for a verdict on the bail petitions, and the defendants were remanded at the Enugu correctional facility. 

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