The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday, 18 February, 2013 arraigned one Pat Enechukwu before Justice R.I Ahiakwo of the Rivers State High Court 19, Port Harcourt on a three count charge bordering on issuance of dishonoured Cheque. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One of the charges reads, “that Pat Enechukwu on or about the 22nd November, 2009 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Rivers State with knowledge that you had insufficient funds in your account issued to one Dr Chimereze Chima a Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank) Cheque number 37213357 dated 22nd November, 2009 for the sum of N2,300,000.00 (Two million, three hundred thousand naira) which said cheque when presented for payment within three months of issuance was dishonoured due to insufficient funds in your account and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of Dishonoured Cheque (offences) Act Cap D of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act 2007 and punishable under section 1(b)(i) and (ii) of the same Act”.
In view of the plea of the accused person, the court granted him bail in the sum of N5m (Five million naira) and one surety in like sum. Surety must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the jurisdiction of court. He must own property worth N10m (Ten Million naira) and appear before the Director of Litigation every first Monday of the Month from March till May, 2013.
The matter is adjourned to 25th and 26th of February for hearing.