EFCC arrests man in Enugu over N340 million fraud

The Enugu Area Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged Kingsley Chinonye Unije with forgery, obtaining money by false pretenses and laundering money amounting to N340 million (340 million Naira only). was indicted.

He was arraigned on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, before Justice MG Umar of the Federal High Court in Enugu on five counts bordering on obtaining money by forgery and money laundering.

Count one of the charges read. You, Kingsley Chinonye Unije, in Enugu State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, between May and 2022, under the false pretense that you are selling to Igwe Cosmas Ezeume, with intent to defraud, the sum of Rs. Suppose you got N70 million. with the consent of the late Mrs. Victoria Unije, possessed two plots of land known as Plots 81 and 304 in New Layout Enugu, but pretended knowingly that this was false, advanced payment fraud and other committed an offense contrary to Article 1(1)(a) of fraud. – Related Offenses Act 2006. Punishable under Section 1(3) of the Act.

Another count would be: “You, Kingsley Chinonye Unije, sometime between May and June 2022, purchased two land properties in your personal name in Enugu State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Michael Emeka Barnard purchased land in your name and converted the sum (120,000,000.00) into cash”. The complaint alleges that he committed an offense contrary to section 18(2)(d) of the Laundering Act, knowing that he was punishable under section 18(3) of the same Act. ”

The defendant pleaded not guilty when the indictment was read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecuting lawyer Al-Qassim Ja’afar prayed for a trial date and the defendant’s remand to a correctional center.

Meanwhile, defense lawyer Beatrice Nwatuse prayed for bail for her client in court.

After hearing the arguments of both lawyers, Justice Umar remanded the suspect to the correctional center and adjourned the matter until January 30, 2024 for hearing of the bail application.

Source: guardian.ng

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