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EFCC arraigns man for defrauding church members of N18.4m

Kenny Awotorebo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday dragged one Eze Mark to the Federal High Court, Enugu, for allegedly defrauding some Church members of N18.4 million.

Mark, along with Dominus Vobiscum Investment Ltd was arraigned on 11-count charge of false pretence, falsification and obtaining N18.4 million by tricks from members of a Catholic Church in Enugu State.

The accused, a director in the company, had engaged in a financial business in the name of the firm without a valid licence from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mark was also charged for advertising for deposits in the company without a valid banking licence from the CBN.

The offence contravened Section 44 (1) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under Section 59 (6) of the Act.

Mark also allegedly defrauded nine members of the church the sum of N18.4 million through false pretence.

He allegedly presented Dominus Vobiscum Investment Ltd as an investment company capable of paying high interest returns on any investment.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and his Counsel, Mr J. Nwatu, brought a motion for his bail.

But, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Mainforce Adaka, told the court that the motion was served on him in the court.

Adaka applied for an adjournment to enable him file a counter affidavit on the motion for bail.

The judge, Justice D. Agishi, adjourned the matter till March 16, and remanded the accused in prison custody.