For allegedly defrauding a businesswoman of N66 million in a bid to solve her spiritual problems, two people — Innocent Chukwu and Obiageli Anachebe — were on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja High Court. The duo is facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences, stealing and concealment of deed.
They, however, denied the charges. Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Mr Kunle Fayanju, told the court that the defendants on two occasions, between Oct. and Dec. 2013 defrauded one Mrs Vivian Amadike of N66 million in Lagos. “Chukwu who goes by the alias Dr Ohamadike and Anachebe, his accomplice, on the first occasion fraudulently obtained N50 million from Amadike, a businesswoman.
“The money was received under the pretext that they will provide solutions to her spiritual problems,” he said. Fayanju said that the defendants had on or about Feb.14, 2014, dishonestly received the sum of N16 million from Amadike. “Chukwu obtained the N16 million by falsely claiming that he had the dollar equivalent of the sum for sale.”
The prosecutor added that Chukwu and Anachebe also dishonestly obtained and concealed the title documents to a building belonging to Amadike which is valued at N35 million and located at No. 4, Nteje Str., New Haven, Enugu. According to the EFCC, the offences contravene Section 1(3) and 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and Sections 285(9), (c) and 288 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye ordered that the defendants should be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to Oct. 14 for hearing.