The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Gombe Zonal office arraigned one Maduako Ugonma Chinomso before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court on a two count charge bordering on Conspiracy and Obtaining Money by False Pretence.
Madueke, a serving corp member posted to Kaduna and later redeployed to Akwa Ibom State was arrested at Uyo following a petition by one Yusuf Idris of Tumfure Quarters, Gombe State, alleging that on March 21, 2017 the defendant and the others at large conspired among themselves and obtained the sum of N63,000.00 under the pretext that the said sum was to help secure a job for him with the Nigeria Customs Service.
Investigation revealed that a member of the sindicate Yusuf Maarku, the purported recruitment officer, gave the complainant a Union Bank account. number 0053158443 bearing Maduako Ugonma Chinomso through which the said sum was paid, as form, uniform and registration fees.
Further investigation revealed six different accounts in different banks being operated by the syndicate.
Count two of the charge read,” That you, MADUEKE UGONMA CHINOMSO, Dauda Abdullahi and Yusuf Marku (both at large) sometime in March, 2017 at Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N63, 000: (Sixty Three Thousand Naira Only) from one Yusuf Idris under false pretence that you are capable of securing a job for him with the Nigeria Customs Service which you knew to be 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”.
She however pleaded not guilty to the charge. Consequently, the prosecution counsel A. M. Labaran applied for a date of trial.
Justice Jauro while adjourning the case to Monday April 16, 2018 for hearing of her bail application, remanded the accused in EFCC custody.
Media and Publicity
12 April, 2018