A 68-year-old man is currently in trouble as he has been arraigned in a court for duping a victim of N25 million after promising to provide him a plot of land which was later found out to be a fake deal, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced on Tuesday, March 16.
The man, Ezekiel Oluwadare James, was brought before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, by the anti graft agency on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
It was gathered that the 68-year-old man obtained the sum of N25 million from the victim for a plot of land but refused to provide the land after collecting the sum of money in Oyo Town.
Following his refusal to provide the plot of land and also his inability to return the money, the victim was said to have petitioned the EFCC which promplty arrested him and arraigned him in court.
According to a statement by the commission posted on its Facebook wall, when the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty, making Justice Ajoku to adjourn the case till March 24, 2021 for hearing of his bail application and April 26 for trial.
According to the statement: "The Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC has arraigned one Ezekiel Oluwadare James before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
"The offence is 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.
"The 68-year-old man fraudulently obtained the sum of N25 million from a victim for a plot of land in Oyo Town.
"When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
"Justice Ajoku adjourned the case till March 24, 2021, for hearing of the defendant’s bail application and April 26, 2021, for trial.
"The defendant is to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Facility, Abolongo, Oyo town, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application."
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