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A Lagos high court sitting in Ikeja yesterday ordered that two persons, Innocent Chukwu and Mrs. Obiageli Anachebe, be remanded for allegedly defrauding a business woman of a total sum of N66.9million.

The defendants who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye on a five-count charge were said to have fraudulently obtained the said money from a business woman, Mrs. Vivian Amadike.

According to the EFCC, Chukwu, alias Dr. Ohamadike, and Anachebe, with intent to defraud, obtained N50m from the victim, Mrs. Amadike, under the pretense that they would help her solve her problems spiritually, a representation they knew to be false.

The defendants were said to have committed the alleged fraud between October and December 2013, in Lagos.

The charge against the defendants with suit No. ID/1332C/2015 read: that you; Chukwu and Anachebe conspired among yourself to obtain money by false pretenses, stealing by fraudulent conversion and concealment of deed from one mrs Vivian Amadike.

It further alleged that Chukwu, on or about February 14, 2014, dishonestly converted another sum of N16.9m property of Amadike and Pamela Ihediwa of Bluebeam Capital Ltd, Lagos.

Chukwu obtained the sum by claiming to have for sale, a United States dollar equivalent of the N16.9m “which representation he knew to be false and dishonest.”

According to the Commission, the offences contravened Section 8(a) and 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and Sections 285(9)(c) and 288 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The EFCC added that between October and December 2013, Chukwu fraudulently and dishonestly obtained and concealed the title documents to a building valued at N35 million at No. 4, Nteje Street, New Haven, Enugu, property of Amadike.

Justice Ipaye ordered that the defendants be remanded and the case was thereby adjourned till October 14 and 28 for bail hearing.

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