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EFCC arraigns bizman, V-Choice coy for alleged N26m fraud

By Ayodele Olalere

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a businessman, Charles Ihenetu and his company, V-Choice International Company Nigeria Ltd before a Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

Ihenetu was arraigned on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence to the tune of twenty six million naira.

According to EFCC, the offence is contrary to section 8 (a),and 1(1)(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No 14 of 2006.

When the case was called, EFCC counsel, Mrs Zainab Ettu, applied that the charge be read to the defendant, Upon which he pleaded not guilty and Mrs. Ettu pray for trial date and to remand the defendant in prison custody.

In response, the defence counsel, Mr. Joseph Eziwenke made an oral application for the bail of the defendant which was refused by the Judge who ordered him to apply formally.

Mr. Eziwenke prayed further that defendant be reminded in EFCC custody due to his health challenges, that he has spinal cord injury and all others ailments.

After entertain submission of counsels, Justice Mojisola Dada subsequently remanded the defendant in prison custody.

The matter has been adjourned till June 20, for trial.

One of the count reads:

“Charles Ihenetu, V- Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Victor Ezinwoke (still at large), Nonso Anigbogu (now at large) and one Romeo (still at large) sometime in September, 2015 at Lagos within the Lagos Judicial division with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N19, 000,000 (Nineteen Million Naira) from Mr. Osaduwa Amechi through V-Choice International Company Nigeria Limited Zenith Bank Account No. 1011802106 under the false pretence that the said sum of money represented his investment on crude oil on-board a vessel Kaveri spirit bound for Ghana from Nigeria which Pretence you knew was false

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