EFCC Arraigns NGO Coordinator Over N15m Fraud

Published On: July 17, 2012, 11:05 am
Author: Omogbolahan Babs
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday arraigned Lillian Nkechi Omekara, executive coordinator of  Community Social Humanitarian Project, a non–governmental organization, on a two-count charge of issuing dud cheques, before a Federal Capital Territory High Court presided by  Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar.
 
Omekara, who was charged alongside her NGO, was alleged to have obtained credit from one Alhaji Aminu Falala of Falala Furniture Limited/Gte by issuing Zenith bank cheques for the sum of N9, 000,000 and N6, 280,000 respectively, which were dishonoured due to insufficient funds in the account.
 
According to the prosecution counsel, Chioma Okongwu, the offence is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) of the Dishonoured Cheque (offences) Act Cap 102 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable under Section 1 (10 (b) (ii) of the same Act.
 
When the charges were read to the accused, she pleaded not guilty, prompting the prosecution counsel to ask for date for trial. The defence counsel Nwabu Nwosu, however, made an oral motion for bail of his client. He stated that the offence for which she was charged is bailable under section 340 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act.

But the defence counsel, Okongwu objected, insisting on a formal application. “It is proper, My Lord, for them to come formally.  Besides, the suspect has not been consistent in reporting to the commission as required statutorily,” she said.
 
The judge, after careful consideration of both arguments, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum. He stated that the sureties must be civil servants who must be residents of Abuja; and adjourned to 15th October  2012.



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