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EFCC Docks Ighalo in Port Harcourt for N1.75m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 arraigned one Patrick Ighalo before Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a four count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of One Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N1,750,000.00).

 Patrick Ighalo
One of the counts reads: "That you Patrick Ighalo and Raymond Otamere Ibie between 10th and 15th of April, 2015 at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtained the sum of One Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (N1.750, 000) Naira only from Evelyn Obene under the false pretence that the sum was an investment in an oil business and which pretence you knew to be false and thereby commited 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". When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. 

In view of the plea of the defendant, the prosecution counsel, R.E. Alao prayed the court for a new date for trail while the defendant is remanded in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre. However, the defence counsel, T.J. Kurukurugbor asked the court to grant his client bail.

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