Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the duo of Emmanuel Ogwale, 80, and John Nwafor before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N6, 750,000.00 from one Mr. Friday Ani under false pretence.
The accused persons were arrested by the EFCC following a petition by Ani, alleging that one Mr. Chukwudi Ukwani introduced him to Mr. Ogwale as the owner of a landed property situated at Umuenwene Ije, Nike Community Layout by Amazing Love Assembly Church, Enugu East Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Although Ogwale claimed that he bought the land on July 15, 1957, the complainant later confirmed from Lands Department in Enugu that the land belongs to the Federal Government.
EFCC investigation revealed that the land falls under the Federal Government Low Cost Housing Estate at Trans –Ekulu, Enugu State, which was acquired in 1980 and every right that existed on the land before its acquisition was null and void.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge. However, because they had no counsel, Justice D. V. Agishie adjourned the matter to July 2, and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of their bail application.
In a related development, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned one Maureen Umeokana, before Justice Faji Olayiwola at a Federal High Court, sitting in Awka, Anambra state, on a two-count charge over a land scam amounting to N4, 500,000.00. She was charged for obtaining money under false pretence.
Prosecution counsel, Johnson Ojogbane sought leave of the court that the two-count charge is read to the accused person and she pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
On the other hand, defence counsel, G.U.Moneke, prayed the court that bail be granted his client considering the fact that the offence was bailable, assuring that the accused will make herself available any time she is needed in court.