Crippled man arrested for duping retiree of N3.4m by using a fake bank alert
EFCC, today February 23rd, 2017 arraigned one Gabriel Chimezie before Justice Tukur Muazu of the Kaduna State High Court, on a four count charge of Obtaining the sum of N3,420,000 by False Pretence.
The accused person allegedly induced the complainant through a phone call to part with the money under the pretext that the money was for the purchase of solar halogen indicator which would be supplied to an electrical company in Bayelsa.
The accused person convinced the complainant to believe they were classmate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and that he wanted to help the complainant secure a contract especially now that he learned of the complainant’s retirement from service.
After their initial conversation, the complainant received a fake N62m alert purportedly from CBN. The complainant then called Chimezie and inform him about the alert.
The accused person then send him a phone number of one Joe who supplied him with a GTB account number where the complainant deposited the sum of N3.4m, which according to the accused person was meant for CBN Charge remittance, inspectors charge.
After the complainant made the payment, the accused person cut all contact with him. After listening to the charge, the accused person pleaded not guilty. Justice Muazu adjourned the matter to 27th February, 2017 for ruling on bail application.