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Woman Arraigned For Attempting To Sell Non-Existence SUVs

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Command, has arraigned Amaka Oranuka before Justice Abdu Dogo of a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.

She was docked on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Ten Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand Naira (N10, 347, 000.00) only.
Specifically, Oranuka allegedly offered to sell two IX25 Hyundai SUV cars, worth Fifteen Million Naira (N15,000,000.00) to a petitioner, who claimed that he made a total deposit of Twelve Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand Naira (N12,293,000.000) only in instalments into her bank account, but after payments, no such cars were delivered to him and all efforts to recover his money proved abortive.

Count One reads: “That you, Amaka Oranuka, on or about the 22nd of May, 2019, at Gboko, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtained from one Akor John, the sum of Ten Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand Naira (N10,347,000.00) only, through Account No. 2084940980 domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc, being operated by you, under the pretext of supplying him two (2) IX25 SUV Hyundai Jeep Cars which you knew was false and you thereby committed 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.”

Count Two reads: “That you, Amaka Oranuka, on or about the 27th day of May 2019, at Gboko, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtained from one Akor John, the sum of One Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand Naira (N1,947,000.00) only, by cash, under the pretext of supplying him two (2) IX25 SUV Jeeps, which you knew is false and you thereby committed 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.”

She pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to her.

Prosecuting counsel, M. Yusuf, thereafter, prayed the court for a date for commencement of trial and that the defendant be remanded in a correctional facility.

However, defence counsel, M. O. Uzor, moved an application for the bail of the defendant, urging the court to grant the defendant bail on the most liberal terms.

Justice Dogo, thereafter, granted Oranuka bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum, who must be on grade level 12 and have a landed property in Makurdi. Also,e sureties must submit two- recent passport photographs and valid means of identification to the court. They must also swear to an affidavit of means and their residential addresses, as well as original copies of their letters of the first appointment be deposited with the Registrar of the court.

The judge adjourned the matter till 22bd September 2022 for hearing and remanded the defendant in a correctional centre pending the perfection of her bail conditions.

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