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EFCC Arraigns Three For N88m Forex Scam

 

The Port Harcourt  Zonal Office of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned  the trio of Great Johnson Philip, Adegoke Alaba Bright and Joman Kingsley Tamarkro before Justice Phoebe .M. Ayua of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State.

They were arraigned on Friday,  July 16,  2021  on eleven (11) count charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretense to the tune N88.855 million. 

One of the charges read: “That you Great Johnson Philip, Adegoke Alaba Bright and Joman Kingsley Tamarkro sometime in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N88.855 million from Robag Marine and Offshore Logistics Limited on the representation that you will transfer a Dollar equivalent of US$201,000 to wit: a pretense which to your knowledge was false and thereby  committed an Offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”

They pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges when they were read to them.

In view of their pleas , prosecution counsel,  S.M.H. Ibekute prayed the court to remand the defendants in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending the commencement of trial. However,  defence counsel, Dabiebo Livingstone urged the court to grant the defendants bail.  His prayer was opposed by Ibekute who argued that the defendants abused an administrative bail earlier offered them by the EFCC. 

Justice  Ayua adjourned the matter till September 20,  2021 and ordered the remand of the defendants in the EFCC custody pending the  determination of their bail applications. 

The defendants’  trouble began when a petitioner alleged that,  sometimes in September 2020,  he  instructed his account officer in one of the new generation banks,  to source for US dollar equivalent of the sum of NN88.855 million in any reputable Bureau De Change firm. 

He was allegedly introduced to one Fewei Young Noel of Finotel Multiservice Limited who agreed to undertake the transaction for him. The funds were allegedly sent to the firm but neither the funds nor their  dollar equivalent was returned to him. 

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