The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 19, 2015 arraigned the duo of Onyeneho Ugonna and Elizabeth Nwagboso, before Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on a 7-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you Onyeneho Ugonna and Nwagboso Elizabeth, on or about the 25th day of March, 2014 at Port Harcourt, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourself to commit felony to with, obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act..”

Another count read: “That you Onyeneho Ugonna and Nwagboso Elizabeth on or about the 15th day of April, 2014 at Port Harcourt, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N1,000,000 from Kingsley Ogechi Onwuka by representing yourself as one Onwuka Ogechi Damaris, the said money which was paid into your account number 3082282306 domiciled in First Bank Plc opened with a name Onwuka Ogechi Damaris, the pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution counsel, O. Oyediran, afterwards asked the court for a date to commence trial, but the defence counsel, P.C. Wommor, orally presented a bail application and urged the court to grant the accused bail.

Justice Akanbi granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be residents of Port Harcourt.

The matter was adjourned till May 13, 2015 for trial.


Media & Publicity
19th February, 2015