The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned one Nwogu Peters before Justice K.A. Jose of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on a 22-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dishonoured cheques.
Peters was alleged to have placed advertisements for lease of property in The Guardian Newspapers of Monday, February 16, 2009 and couple of other publications using the name of his outfits: Diplomatic Service Consultancy Limited and Christian Defence Fellowship, a non-governmental organization.
Subsequently, he allegedly collected money from various people under the pretext of letting properties to them which he never did.
When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.
One of the count reads, “Nwogu Peter (a.k.a. Dr. N.D.C. Peters) and DSCL Services Consulting Limited, on or about the 16th day of February, 2009, in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division by false pretence, and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N5,400,000 (Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) by false pretence from Mrs. Christie Abutu-Obiozo by falsely representing to her that the said sum represented 2 years rent in respect of your property measuring 3 Bedroom Flat with one-room boys quarter lying, and being situate at No. 4 Kingsley Emu Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos which representation you know to be false”.
EFCC counsel, Francis Usani asked for a trial date and pressed that the defendant be remanded in prison custody. Counsel to the accused person, C. J. Jiekeonna however prayed the court to admit his client to bail.
Justice Jose adjourned the case to November 19, 2013 for hearing on the bail application and February 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2014 for trial. He ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison, Lagos.
In a related development, a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday, sentenced a businessman, Junior Williams to seven months imprisonment on each of the six count charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain credit and possession of documents containing false pretences.
In his ruling, Justice O. A. Ipaye, ordered the convict to make full restitution of the sum of N1, 490,000 (One Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira), and undertake to be of good behaviour upon his release from prison custody.
Williams, who was first arraigned on October 30, 2013, had pleaded not guilty to the six count charge preferred against him. But the convict, through his counsel Olanrewaju Ajanaku applied to change his plea, which was granted by the court. A plea bargain agreement duly signed by the convict, his counsel as well as the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Ben Ubi paved way for his conviction.
The convict was arrested on May 17th, 2013, at Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Lagos following a complaint lodged by the hotel to the EFCC about his fraudulent card transactions. The hotel found out that Junior Williams made several transactions including hotel reservation with a stolen card before he was arrested.