The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Command, on Wednesday May 11, 2022 arraigned one Felix John Ella before Justice I. O. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a two count charge for allegedly obtaining the sum of Three Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty Naira (N3, 758, 960.00) by false pretence.

Count one of the charge reads, “That you, Felix John Ella, (Doing Business in the name of Johnfelix Trading HUB, with BN No: 3384930 at No. 3, S.O.S. Street, Gwagwalada, FCT-Abuja, Nigeria), male, adult, on or about the 12th day of January 2022 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with the intent to defraud, used electronic gift, apple and/or visa credit cards to obtain the cash sum of Three Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Naira (N3, 758,960.00) through your UBA Account Number 2159267033 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015”.

Count two reads,

“That you, Felix John Ella, (Doing Business in the name of Johnfelix Trading HUB with BN No: 3384930 at No. 3, S.O.S. Street, Gwagwalada, FCT-Abuja), Nigeria, male, adult, on or about the 12th day of January 2022 in Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, stole electronic gift, apple and /or visa credit cards and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015”.

When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded 'not guilty.'

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ramiah Ikhanaede, asked the Court to remand the defendant and fix a date for trial to commence.

But the defence counsel, E. U. Chinedum moved an application for the bail of his client

Justice Ekwo granted the defendant bail in the sum of Two Million Naira (N2, 000,000.00) with one surety in like sum. The surety must be a responsible citizen and possess a landed property within the jurisdiction of the Court.

The defendant was remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned till October 24, 25, and 26, 2022 for trial.

 

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11 May, 2022