N15m Dud Cheque: EFCC Arraigns Chimela Ijeomah
SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, (THEWILL) - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on April 9, 2013 arraigned Chimela Ijeomah and Jeh Engineering Services before Justice Usman A. Musale of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Kubwa, Abuja on a five count charge bordering on intent to defraud and obtaining money by false pretence.
One of the charges read: “That you Chimela Ijeomah and Jeh Engineering Services sometime in April 2011 at Abuja within the judicial Division, with intent to defraud, did fraudulently obtain an Ingersoll Rand T4W drilling machine worth N15,000,000.00 ( Fifteen Million Naira ) by false pretence from Dr. Aminu Saad by issuing to him post dated cheques which you knew will be returned unpaid due to insufficient funds to your credit on your First Bank Plc Account No 2012123058 at Dei Dei Abuja Branch on presentation on due date and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act and punishable under section 1 ( 3 ) of the same Act.”
The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them prompting the EFCC Counsel, A .A Okoja to pray the court for a trial date and remand the accused persons in prison custody.
Defence counsel, Onuoha Emmanuel raised a motion for the bail of the accused person, saying he has filed a 15 paragraph affidavit to support his application.
Prosecution counsel did not oppose the bail application.
Justice Musale therefore granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N 500,000.00 and two sureties each.
The case has been adjourned to May 7, 2013 for hearing.