By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu
A Federal High Court in Enugu has remanded two suspects in prison over alleged fraud. The two suspects, Nnamdi Madu (24) and Darlington Ifeakachi Nwali (24) were docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice A. M Liman.
They were arraigned on a cumulative ten-count charge of intent to defraud and possession of fraudulent documents, contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
Their arraignment was sequel to their arrest on December 14, 2018 as part of series of raids carried out by the zonal office in which several members of a syndicate of fraudsters, operating within the Enugu metropolis and mostly made up of university students and dropouts and living flamboyantly with no identifiable means of livelihood, were rounded up.
Analysis carried out by the Commission on the computers of the suspected fraudsters revealed certain incriminating documents intended to be used in swindling gullible foreigners.
Some documents in the recovered computers of the suspects were titled “SPANISH HASTING WARD CAREY & CHAMBERS,” “CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF A PRIVATE COMPANY” “AILEEN” intended to be sent to their victims using fake or stolen identities.
Some other items recovered from the suspects’ house include; various ATM cards, a Toyota Venza with a National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) plate number, Toyota Avalon, four laptops, several mobile phones, substances suspected to be charms, huge wraps of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) among others.
One of the defendants, who trained as a science lab technician and recently got a job at one of the teaching hospitals in Enugu, was found out to be the owner of a filling station in the outskirts of Enugu.
When their charges were read to them, the defendants respectively pleaded not guilty prompting their lawyer, Ndubuisi Nwaokporo, to move a motion for bail of the defendants. The motion was not opposed by Innocent Mbachie, the prosecution counsel.
They were each granted bail, N500,000 each and one surety each in like sum with sureties having landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court and the properties’ documents duly verified by the registrar of the court.
The case has been adjourned to January 21, 2019, for trial, with the judge ordering the defendants to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.