A crippled man who duped a retiree of the sum of N3.4 million has been remanded in prison custody by a high court in Kaduna.
The accused, Gabriel Chimezie, according to the EFCC, was docked on Thursday, February 23, 2017, before Justice Tukur Muazu of the Kaduna State High Court on a four-count charge of obtaining the sum of N3,420,000 by false pretense.
The accused person who was taken to the court on a wheelchair, had allegedly initiated the fraud when he put a phone call to the victim and induced him to part with the money under the pretext that the money was for the purchase of solar halogen indicator which would be supplied to an electrical company based in Bayelsa State.
Chimezie was able to convince the retiree that they were classmates at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and that he wanted to help the complainant secure a contract especially now that he learned of his retirement from service.
A statement by the EFCC on the modus operandi of Chimezie reads:
"After their initial conversation, the complainant received a fake N62 million alert purportedly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The complainant then called Chimezie and inform him about the alert.
The accused person then sent him a phone number of one Joe who supplied him with a GTB account number where the complainant deposited the sum of N3.4 million, which according to the accused person, was meant for CBN charge remittance and inspectors charge.
After the complainant made the payment, the accused person cut all contact with him."
When the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and Justice Muazu ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to February 27, 2017, for ruling on his bail application.