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Elite Investment owner collected N179m from Nigerians, spent N140m on betting, tithe – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday, summoned Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe, Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited, before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

They were summoned on a three-tally charge verging on scheme and getting cash by misrepresentation.

EFCC said the aggregate of N15,000,000 was paid by clueless financial specialists into the respondent's records, Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe – account no 2087478165 in Zenith Bank and Joy Okari Ibiala – account no 2099253758 in United Bank for Africa (UBA). 

Examinations further uncovered that the litigant spent an aggregate of N139,704,097 of the financial specialists' cash on playing sports wagering. 

Criminologists likewise found that she paid an offering of N1million to a main Pentecostal church in Port Harcourt. 

One of the tallies read: "That you Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe, Elites Finance Investment Ltd and Efinc Global Investment Ltd at some point in 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, inside the ward of this fair court with goal to dupe, acquired the total of N179,326,386 by prompting clueless individuals from the general population to contribute with your organizations: Elites Finance Investment Ltd and Efinc Global Investment Ltd, guaranteeing them under an affectation of making 15% enthusiasm on all venture made, a portrayal you knew to be bogus, and consequently dedicated an offense in spite of Section 1(1) (an) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act No. 14, 2006 and culpable under Section 1 (3) of a similar Act". 

The respondents argued "not liable" to the charges. 

Continuation of their supplication, arraigning counsel, K. W. Chukwuma-Eneh, asked the court to fix a date for beginning of preliminary. 

Protection counsel, G. N. Godwins, moved an oral application for the bail of the litigants. 

This was contradicted by the indictment on the ground that such should be recorded as a hard copy, and appropriately routed to the court. 

Equity Obile requested that the Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe be remanded in EFCC authority. 

The appointed authority dismissed the issue till October 19, 2020, for assurance of the bail application

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