April 13, 2024

EFCC arraigns car dealer for N2m alleged fraud



Etim Ekpimah

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uyo Zonal Command has arraigned a car dealer, Daniel Idowu Tomitope, before Justice Achibong Achibong of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Uyo, for alleged conversion of N2,000,000.00. 

The charge reads: “That you Idowu Daniel Tomitope sometime in April 2020 at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did convert the sum of Two Million Naira (N2, 000, 000.00) only being payment for two (2) Toyota Camry vehicles from one Mr. Effiom. O. Edet, for your personal use.”

Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement on Wednesday that when the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded ‘not guilty.’

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel J. O. Abolarin then prayed the court to remand the defendant at the Correctional Centre and fix a date for trial.

But the defence counsel A. F. Ekanem made an oral bail application for the defendant.

Justice Archibong granted the defendant bail in the sum of Two Million Naira (N2, 000,000.00) and a surety in like sum. The surety must also possess a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and two certified introductory letters which must be verified by the court and the Commission.

The matter was then adjourned till October 25, 2021, for trial.

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