The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, arraigned one Saviour Inyang before Justice Okon A. Okon of the State High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a one count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheque.
According to EFCC, when the charge was read to Saviour Inyang, he pleaded ‘not guilty’, and in view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, J. O. Abolarin Esq. prayed the court to fix a date for trial, to enable the prosecution prove its case against the accused.
But the defence counsel, Barr. David Akpanofim quickly made an oral bail application, which the prosecution vehemently opposed, on the grounds that the accused had failed to appear in court on three previous adjournments.
However, the presiding Judge, Justice O. A. Okon granted the accused bail in the sum of N3million (Three Million Naira only) and one surety in like sum. The surety must have landed property worth the bail sum, and same verified by the deputy registrar of the court.
But before adjourning to May 27, 2019, for trial, the Judge ordered that the accused Saviour Inyang be remanded in prison pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.
The charge against him reads: “That you, Saviour Inyang ‘M’ carrying on business under the name and style of “SAVJANE WORLD TRADE VENTURES”, sometimes in 2017 at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did obtain credit by issuing a STERLING BANK PLC Cheque No: 08743190 of Savjane World Trade Ventures dated 16/10/2017 with Account No: 0009700544 in the sum of Two million, eight hundred thousand naira (N2,800,000,00) only to Ndifreke Okon, carrying on business under the name and style of “NEMVICES NIGERIA ENT” which cheque when presented for payment within three months of issuance, was dishonoured due to insufficient funds in the account to cover the face value of the said cheque”.