EFCC Docks Two for Fraud in Makurdi



The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday, September 14, 2021 the duo of Okwuchukwu Charles and Saamuman Caleb Terungwa before Justice Moris Ikpambese of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi for alleged conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of 5 million.

Count one of the charge reads, “That Okwuchukwu Charles and Saakuman Caleb Terungwa sometime April, 2021, Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves and took the sum of 5, 523,000.00 (Five Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Naira) only belonging to Cosmic Intelligence Labs Limited without consent thereby committed an offence contrary to section 97 and punishable under section 288 of the Penal Code cap. 124(Revised Edition), Laws of Benue 2004″.

Count two reads,” That Okwuchukwu Charles sometime April, 2021, in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly take the sum of 4, 523,000 (Four Million Five Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Naira only) belonging to Cosmic Intelligence Labs Limited without consent, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 287 and punishable under section 288 of the Penal Code cap. 124(Revised Edition), Laws of Benue 2004″

They pleaded “ guilty” to the charges, which prompted the prosecution counsel, George Chia-Yakua to ask the Court for a date for trial to commence. counsel to the defendants, U. T. Urongo and Tom Uja, urged the court to admit their clients to bail most liberal terms, noting that the defendants have been EFCC’s administrative bail. 

Justice Ikpambese admitted the defendants to bail in the sum 2,000,000.00 each with one surety in like sum. 

The surety, the judge said, must show evidence of tax payment for three years, and must be salary Grade Level 12 and above and be resident in Makurdi,

The case was adjourned till October 20, 2021 for trial to commence.