The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged a young man, Ifeorah Chris, to court for defrauding a South African firm of goods valued at $935,971.
The accused alongside his company Wigmore Trading Limited, was arraigned by the commission before Justice A. M. Nicol-Clay at Lagos State High Court, Igbosere.
Ifeorah is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining goods by false pretense from Kellogg’s Company of South Africa (Pty) Limited (Kellogg’s SA).
The judge said, EFCC’s counsel, Usman alleged that the accused obtained fast-moving goods on credit from Kellogg’s SA in 2015, with a promise to pay within three months, but became incommunicado after receiving the items.
Mr. B. Osakwe, counsel to the accused argued that, “The applicant has no criminal record and he will be available to stand trial. We are from the same village. I offer to produce my call to bar certificate or the Certificate of Occupancy of my own house in Okota. His mother, Amaka Ifeorah, is an Assistant Director, Compliance Unit of the Nigerian Shippers Council. She is in Grade 15 and has offered to stand as one of his guarantors. This is a purely civil matter but the defendant has been in custody in Ikoyi Prison since December 22.
Relying on a 14-paragraph affidavit, the prosecution opposed the granting of bail to the defendant on liberal terms.
Ifeorah pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N2million with two sureties in the like sum.
Justice Nicol-Clay adjourned the matter to April 26.