The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on March 13, 2019 arraigned one Akpu Clement Chijioke before Justice I.E. Gafai of the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State on a 14-count charge bordering on stealing and cybercrime to the tune of N15 million (Fifteen Million Naira).
One of the counts reads:
“That you, Akpu Clement Chijioke, between 2016 and 2019 at Nnewi, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court knowingly and without authority caused the loss of the sum of N4,800,000 (Four Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) property of First Bank Nigeria Limited, when you transferred the said sum to one Maduabuchi Clement Nwoye and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14(1) of the Cybercrime Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the same Act.” He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Prosecuting counsel, Victor Ukagwu, thereafter prayed the court for a date for trial to commence.
Defence counsel, D.O. Akataka, however, moved the bail application for his client, citing Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, ACJA 2015.
After listening to both counsels, Justice Gafai granted Akpu bail on the following terms: two sureties, who must be civil servants, not less that Grade Level 10 and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
The case has been adjourned to April 3, 2019.