Okwara was arraigned before Justice I.B Gafai by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, November 28, 2016, for defrauding one Ekweaba Oyemechi by posing as his girlfriend.
In a statement by the EFCC, the accused obtained the sum of $8, 674 Oyemechi by pretending to be his USA-based girlfriend for her return ticket.
When the three-count charges preferred against him by the EFCC was read to Okwara, he pleaded not guilty on all counts.
In view of his plea, Okwara's defence counsel, Barr. Emma Onyibor applied for the bail of his client adding that his client had been on administrative bail granted him by the EFCC, and had not defaulted but reported regularly to the EFCC whenever he was needed.
But the prosecuting counsel Barr. Habila Jonathan informed the court that he was served the motion for bail shortly before court proceeding and needed time to study and respond.
The court upheld the argument of the EFCC counsel as the Judge was also yet to study the bail application which the defence also served the court shortly before proceedings.
Justice Gafai, therefore, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody while the case was adjourned to December 6, 2016, for hearing and consideration of bail.