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Man in court over alleged N1.75m scam

Man in court over alleged N1.75m scam

The EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, has arraigned one Patrick Ighalo before Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for alleged fraud.

Ighalo was arraigned on a four count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of One Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N1,750,000.00).

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Count one reads: “That you Patrick Ighalo and Raymond Otamere Ibie between 10th and 15th of April, 2015 at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtained the sum of One Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (N1,750, 000) Naira only from Evelyn Obene under the false pretence that the sum was an investment in an oil business and which pretence 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 pleaded not guilty.

Following his plea, the prosecution counsel, prayed the court for a new date for trial while the defendant is to be remanded in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.

But, the defence counsel, T.J. Kurukurugbor requested the court to grant his client bail.

However, Justice Omotosho granted Ighalo bail in the sum of N3 million and two sureties in like sum.

Omotosho adjourned till March 12, 2020 for trial.

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