EFCC arrests APC chieftain over N36m scam | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, arrested a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo.

His arrest at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State follows a July 4, 2016 warrant issued to that effect by a Federal High Court in Umuahia presided over by Justice D.E. Osiagor after the accused failed to appear before the court to take his plea on a three count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense brought against him by the EFCC.

He was alleged to have fraudulently sold six (6) plots of land valued at N36.000,000 (Thirty Six million naira only) belonging to the Nigeria Railway Cooperation located at Umunwulari Nkata Ibeku layout, Planning Scheme Umuahia.

A previous warrant was issued for his arrest of the defendant on 8th October, 2015 by Justice F.A. Olubanjo after he had failed to appear before the court on same charge.

Apugo, through his counsel, Professor Earnest Ojukwu, SAN tried to frustrate the case on three previous instances either by applying for the quashing or the transfer of the case to another judge.

Vanguard reports that after Justice Olubanjo was transferred and Justice Evelyn Anyadike took over the matter, Ojukwu (SAN) moved a motion to quash the charge and set aside the bench warrant which was refused prompting him to petition the Chief Judge stating that the defendant has no confidence in the judge.

The Chief Judge then transferred the case to the present judge, Justice Osiagor who heard the two applications and in a considered ruling, dismissed application to quash the charge and suspended the bench warrant.

He, however, ordered the defendant to appear before him pursuant to Section 87 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 on the next adjourned date of July 4, 2016, an appointment which for the umpteenth time, the APC chieftain failed to honour necessitating the latest arrest warrant to produce him in court on Wednesday October 11,2016.

One of the charges against the defendant reads: “That you Prince Benedict Benjamin Apugo on or about the 7th day of March 2013 in Umuahia within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud obtained the sum of six million naira (N6,000,000.00) from one Mr Obioma Nehemiah Isiuwa, when you falsely represented yourself through his agent, Mrs. Adline Victor Nkwo, to be the owner of six plots of land valued at thirty-six million Naira (N36,000,000.00) located at the House of Assembly Road by Ochendo By-Pass in Umunwulari Nkata Ibeku layout, Umuahia, Umuahia -North Local Government Area, Abia State otherwise called Ogurube layout, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Meanwhile, an Abuja High Court has ruled that accounts belonging to Governor Fayose, which were frozen since June by the EFCC, should remain so till November 7.

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  1. How come? All APC members and those associated with the are all saints.They cannot do anything wrong.They are as clean and as white as snow.
    Change dole!
    Sai Baba!

    1. You are reasoning from your Anus.

    2. I have noticed this imposter who goes by the name "Isiaka " and several of his posts on NE and what I can say is that, he is nothing but a coward and a fake. It is better one stays as anonymous rather than impersonate with someone else's name and most annoyingly name from another tribe. This "Yibo " boy from Alaba, Ajangbadi or Orile-Mile2 believes he can fool everyone on this forum, but unfortunately he fools himself. At the end of his poor ranting, he chips in a few Yoruba here and there to further fool himself that he'd succeed in his folly. Idiot and a bafoon. Amadioha gbu o gi. Onye Arurala without shame.

    3. Ignorance is your greatest problem. What makes believe that in this 21 st century a particular name or names belongs to a particular tribe or ethic group? It shows that you are a hopeless ignorant brainless ethnic jingoist. Olori Buruku. We re! O ni yeye!
      So you don't have the brain to contribute intelligently to discourse but to be throwing up ethnic card. I am not interested. Olosi ni ye! You need to grow up. Idiot.


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