On Thursday, June 9, 2016, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned one Signor Kanu before Justice A. O. Otaluka of the FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja on one count charge of fraud.
Kanu was alleged to have defrauded one Stanley Ojigbo to the tune of N9.8million for a non-existent contract. After several months of waiting and the accused could neither deliver on his promise nor refund the money, the complainant decided to petition the EFCC.
The charge reads:
“That you, Signor Kanu on or about the 25th of March 2011, in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with the intent to defraud through a medium of contract induced by false pretence did obtain the sum of Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only (N9,800,000.00) form one Mr. Stanley Ojigbo and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section1 (1),(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section1(3) of the same Act.”
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Shata Jamila asked the court for a date to enable her present her witnesses. But, counsel to the defendant, Udo Udofia through an oral application prayed the court to admit his client to bail.
The case has been adjourned to Monday, June 13, 2016 for the hearing on the bail application