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EFCC Arraigns Prominent Enugu Lawyer over N600m investment Scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded arrangement to arraign a prominent lawyer in Enugu state, Barrister Christian Chukwudozie Ebuzoeme before a Federal High Court, Enugu on Thursday 15th November, 2012.

The native of Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State who doubles as the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Karchack Services Limited will be docked for allegedly defrauding innocent citizens of their hard earned money through a phoney investment scheme involving over N600million

Barrister Ebuzoeme and his accomplice, Mr. Amaechi Okoye ( still at large ) through Kachack Services Limited located in New Haven, Enugu, for three years mobilised deposits from unsuspecting members of the public using the promise of mouth watery returns on investment over specific periods as bait. At the beginning, a few of the investors were paid dividends which helped sway them to plough in more resources and equally convinced others to join the fray. But the flow of dividends soon dried up. After several months of being unable to pay their investors, the two partners, Ebuzoeme and Okoye, split the company.

Okoye continued to manage the business of Karchack Services Limited while Ebuzoeme moved on to establish Yardenit Limited but the operations were still the same. They continued to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians through bogus promises that were never fulfilled.

While the investors were left clutching at straw,  Ebuzoeme and his partner in crime, Okoye continually smiled to the bank and expanded their business to new frontiers in China and South Africa.

Arraigns Six Suspects Over N3.8m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, arraigned six suspects at a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, before Justice Adebisi Akinlade, over N3.8million carrot seed scam.  The six suspects: Dave Akanni Joel (alias Dave Bobby Mamello), David Omowunmi (alias Haastrup Ogedengbe), Oluwole Adegbite (alias James Tokunbo), Yusuf Adegoke (still at large), Oyebisi Olasukanmi (still at large) and Dr Ouldslimane (still at large) were arraigned on a five count charge bordering on intent to defraud and conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence from Rear Admiral B.J.C. Noshiri (Rtd).

The accused persons   fraudulently sold a carrot seed business idea to the retired military officer. In the process, they collected the sum of N3,800,000,00 ( Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only)  in various instalments from Noshiri for the regularization of the business; supply of carrot seeds to Al-Camac Beverages Production Company based in Jedda, Saudi Arabia and for accessing the sum of $7million earmarked by Al-Camac Beverages Production Company for the business.


When the charges were read to them, they all pleaded not guilty. Defence counsel,  Mahmud  Atanda, informed the court that he had filed an application for bail for the accused persons and urged that the application be heard. Prosecution counsel, A.B.C Ozioko, said he was not against the request for a short adjournment but opposed having any of the accused persons remanded in EFCC custody, stressing that the Commission’s facilities in this regard are over-stretched.

Justice Adebisi Akinlade, after listening to all their submissions, adjourned the case till 3 December, 2012 and ordered that the suspects be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.

 

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