Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Man Arraigned Over N5.93 Million Fraud

A 38-year-old man, Barrister Victor Okeke, was on Tuesday arraigned before a Senior Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, for allegedly collecting N5.93 million from one Mrs. Mary Odili, under the false pretence that he would provide jobs for her people.

Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Usman Jibrin, told the court that the complainant wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police on October 30, alleging that sometimes in 2010, a man who claimed to be Barrister Victor Okeke and presented himself as a friend to the then Minister of Interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho collected money from her to give people jobs.

He alleged that the accused told Mrs. Odili that his relationship with the minister would enable him secure employment for people in government agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Immigration, Nigerian Customs Service and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, among others.

The prosecutor said the complainant stated in the petition that she collected money from different people totalling N5.93 million and handed over to Barrister Okeke, who converted same to personal use without providing the jobs or returning the money.

According to him, police investigation showed that the accused also collected money from seven persons between 2011 and 2012, amounting to N28.3 million with the promise to provide employment for them, adding that when he could not provide the jobs, they demanded for their money, which the accused did not provide.

He said the accused is charged with false impersonation, criminal breach of trust and cheating, which are contrary to Sections 179, 312, 323 and 324 of the Penal Code.

The accused however pleaded not guilty and applied for bail.

Magistrate Grace Adebayo granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties of grade level 6 status in the civil service, who must reside within the court's jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned to December 19 for hearing.

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