Two undergraduates have been arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly defrauding a professor of some money.
The anti-graft agency, in a statement posted on its website, dragged the students before Justice B.O Quadri of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after Prof. Eke wrote a petition that they hoodwinked him through an e-mail from a purported old friend by name Engineer Bartholomew Igwe, requesting him to pay the money into an account number, which he did.
Count one of the charges against them reads:
"That you, James Ogwuche Alex, Oklewu Ene Gina and Okay Duru (now at large), sometimes in April 2015, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: Obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of these same Act."
While count two reads:
"That you James Ogwuche Alex, Oklewu Ene Gina and Okay Duru (now at large), on or about the 17th day of April 2015 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only (N250, 000) from one Professor Ndubuisi Eke of Sophia Clinic under the false pretence that you are Engineer Bartholomew Igwe, a pretext which 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 accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them and the Justice Quadri granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500, 000 and two sureties, who must be resident within Port Harcourt, while adjourning the case to October 4, 2016, for hearing.