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EFCC Arraigns  Port Harcourt Medical Doctor For N2.1m  Job Scam

 

The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a medical practitioner:   Dr. Eze Ekwealor before Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State,  for suspected  employment scam to the tune of N2.180 million only. 

He was arraigned  on Monday,  July 5,  2021 on  eight-count  charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery 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.

One of the charges read:

“That you  Dr. Eze Ekwealor on or about the 30th day of August, 2019 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud commit a felony to wit: obtained the sum of N500,000 from one Okoye Chinyere Evelyn through your bank account no: 2083960420 domiciled with Zenith bank Plc under the pretext that you have some job slots with Nigeria Custom Service for job seekers, a pretext you knew,   ought to have known, is 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”.

He pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges  preferred against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, F. O. Amama prayed the court to fix a date for commencement of trial. However, counsel to the  defendant, R. E. Wonogho informed the court of his application for the bail of the defendant. He was opposed by the prosecution on the ground that the defendant  may  jump bail if granted.   Amama told the court that it took EFCC time before arresting the defendant.

Justice Mohammed granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million and two sureties in like sum.  One of the sureties must present a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O), while the other surety must be a Federal Civil Servant of Grade Level 14. Both sureties must also be resident within Port Harcout.  Besides,   both sureties and the defendant must deposit two recent passport- sized photographs with the court and addresses  of the sureties must  be verified by the court and the prosecution.

Justice Mohammed adjourned  the matter till  September 29 and 30,  2021 for trial

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