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EFCC arraigns Honnah for N50m fraud in Enugu



Jossy Honnah

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on Tuesday arraigned Jossy Honnah and Ecobank on a 20-count charge bordering on forgery and stealing to the tune of about N50million.

Justice S.N Odili of the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, presided over the case.

The defendant, between August 14, 2013, and May 31, 2016, while being a staff of No.2, Market Road, Onitsha branch of Ecobank Nigeria Limited, fraudulently obtained his client, Vicyntel Enterprises Nigeria’s cheques and letter head papers and defrauded it to the tune of N50,315,780(Fifty Million, Three Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty Naira).

One of the charges reads: “Ecobank Nigeria Limited and Jossy Honnah while being a staff of Ecobank Nigeria Ltd, between the 19th of January, 2015 and the 29th of December, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with fraudulent intent did commit a felony to wit: stealing the aggregate sum of N29, 112,980(Twenty Nine Million, One Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty Naira) being the property of Vicyntel Enterprises and thereby committed an offence”.

Honnah pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him. The prosecution counsel, Nurudeen Ingawa asked the court for a date for the trial of the defendants.

Counsel to Ecobank pleaded with the court to allow him to make a formal application for bail at a later date while counsel to Honnah did not show up in court.

Justice Odili remanded the defendant in EFCC custody and adjourned the matter till July 6, 2021, for trial.

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