The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 arraigned one Barrister Utibe Hanson Inem before Justice Bassey Nkanang of the State High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
On a two-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheque and stealing by fraudulent conversion to the tune of N10, 000.00 (Ten Million Naira).
One of the counts reads: “Utibe Hanson Inem “M” sometime in April 2021 in Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently converted to your own use the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10, 000,000.00) belonging to one Uduak Akpan Jacob, being the said Uduak Akpan Jacob’s share, from proceeds from the sale of 3 bedroom bungalow located at Osongama Estate”.
The offence is contrary to Section 392 (1) and punishable under Section 399 of the Criminal Code CAP 38 Vol. II Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria 2000.
He pleaded “not guilty” when the charge was read to him. In view of his plea, Adanna Nnamani, counsel to the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded at the Uyo Correctional facility.
The defence counsel, C. N. Nweke Junior, informed the court about his client’s application for bail which was filed on January 17, 2023 and urged the court to admit the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
The court granted the defendant bail in the sum of Three Million Naira with a surety in like sum. The surety shall deposit in Court any documented proof of the ownership of a landed property within Uyo.
The Court thereafter adjourned the matter till April 4, 2023 for commencement of trial while the defendant was remanded in Uyo Correctional facility.
Trouble started for Barrister Inem when the Commission received a petition from one Uduak Jacob who alleged that the defendant connived with his ex-wife to sell his landed property. Upon learning about the transaction, the defendant issued him a 10 Million cheque as his share of the proceeds and convinced him to sign the Power of Attorney for the sale of the property.
The cheque, when presented in the bank, was returned unpaid as the account was not funded.
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