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This Wheelchair-bound man duped a retiree of over N3 million via phone

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today February 23rd, 2017 arraigned one Gabriel Chimezie before Justice Tukur Muazu of the Kaduna State High Court on a four count charge of Obtaining the sum of N3,420,000 (Three Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira Only) by False Pretence.
The accused person allegedly induced the complainant through a phone call to part with the sum of N3, 420,000 (Three Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira Only) under the pretext that the money was for the purchase of solar halogen indicator which would be supplied to an electrical company in Bayelsa.

The accused person convinced the complainant to believe they were classmate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and that he wanted to help the complainant secure a contract especially now that he learned of the complainant's retirement from service.
After their initial conversation, the complainant received an alert purportedly from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the sum of N62, 000,000 (Sixty Two Million Naira Only).

The complainant then called the accused person and inform him about the alert. The accused person then send him a phone number of one Joe who supplied him with Guaranty Trust Bank account number where the complainant deposited the sum of N3,420,000 (Three Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira Only) which according to the accused person was meant for CBN Charge remittance, inspectors charge. After the complainant made the payment, the accused person cut all contact with him.

After listening to the charge, the accused person pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel, Musa Isah requested the court for a trial date, but the defence counsel, John Sakant brought a bail application praying the court to admit his client to bail. However, prosecution counsel countered the application urging the court to refuse the bail application.
Justice Muazu adjourned the matter to 27th February, 2017 for ruling on bail application.

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