A middle-aged hotelier has been dragged to a court by the EFCC over a multi-million naira fraud.
Arraigned alongside the businesswoman is her hotel, Benitex Hotels Limited, for using tricks to obtain a building and the premises of another hotel, Focal Hotels Limited, making the owners believe she would pay the said sum.
According to a press release by the anti-graft agency, Onwuamagbu was dragged to the body by one Chief Engr. Obadiah Ezenekwe.
The one-count charge reads:
"That you, Benedicta Akunna Onwuamagbu, between 23rd February, 2010, at Muoba Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud, obtained a building and premises known as Focal Hotels Limited situate, lying and being at No. 121, NTA Road, Mgbuoba Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Rivers State from one Chief Engr. Obadiah Ezenekwe, under the pretence that you are capable of paying the total sum of N120.000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira) only, being the cost price for the sale of the building and premises, which pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act."
The accused however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and Justice Liman granted her bail in the sum of N1 million and one surety in like sum, while the matter was adjourned to June 15, 2016.
Onwuamagbu was ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of her bail conditions.