LOCAL AFRICAN REALITY

LOCAL AFRICAN REALITY

Breaking

N28m fraud: Age saves 8 community elders from prison remand




Eight elders of Ipupe Ubakala community in the Umuahia South council area of Abia State have escaped remand in a custodial centre after a judge considered their advanced ages.

The defendants, Ben David (73), Monday Umezuruike (76), Isaiah Ngwaba (76), Bob Ikondu (76) and Uche Onwukanjo (69), are facing allegation of embezzlement of N28m community fund.

They were arraigned on Friday before a High Court sitting at Umuahia by the state Directorate of Public Prosecutions on five counts, including conspiracy to commit fraud, between December 2016 and July 2019, to which they pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor and state counsel, Emenike Okoro, asked the court to deny the accused persons bail considering the amount involved, adding that the money was entrusted to them on trust by the community.

However, counsel for the accused persons, Eze Kelechi, in a nine-paragraph counter affidavit, stated that the alleged offences were bailable.

The judge, Justice Mary Enwereji, in her ruling, said the accused persons would not be kept behind the bars because of their ages.

She admitted them to bail in the sum of N3m each with a surety in like sum.
Justice Enwereji said the court would not hesitate to issue a warrant of arrest on any surety that failed to present any of the accused persons while the matter lasted. Punch

No comments:

Disclaimer
Most News articles reported on LOCAL AFRICAN REALITY are a reflection of what is published in the media. LOCAL AFRICAN REALITY is not in a position to verify the accuracy of daily news articles, however, we ensure that only news articles from credible sources are reflected in this service. Independent opinions which are mailed to us may also be published from time to time at our discretion, however the sources for these independent articles will be clearly stated.


Share your story with us: SMS: +23409067561649, Whatsapp: +2349067561649, Email: localafricanreality@gmail.com or qubesentertainmentmagazine@yahoo.com
Receive Alerts on: Whatsapp: +2349067561649, Twitter: @localafricanr