The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned the duo of Emmanuel Osita Okereke and Ishmael Chinyere Nwogu before Justice J. Y. Tukur of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo on a six count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy to obtain the sum of N1,145,000 (one million, one hundred and forty five thousand naira) for employment into National Task Force.
The accused persons are alleged to have forged a document of the federal government titled “Restricted, Federal Government of Nigeria, National Task Force” and falsely held public offices as Director-General and Director, FCT Command of National Task Force through which they fraudulently obtained money from sales of employment form.
One of the charges reads: “That you Osita Okereke and Ishmael Chinyere Nwogu sometime in March 2010 in Abuja within the judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory knowingly had in your possession a forged document titled ‘RESTRICTED, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, NATIONAL TASK FORCE” with intent to defraud, fraudulently used same as genuine to induce the public to believe that your organization is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria and consequently remitted the aggregate sum of N1,145,000.00 ( one million one hundred and forty five thousand naira.) to you through First Bank account number 3066173170, and thereby committed an offence and punishable under section 368 of the Penal code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja)”.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
In view of the plea of the accused persons, the prosecution counsel, Aso Larrys Peters prayed the court to fix a date for trial and remand the accused in prison custody. Counsel to the accused, Mr. Kanayo Okafor however urged the court to admit his clients to bail.
Justice Tukur adjourned the case to November 26, 2013 for hearing on the bail application.