The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Enugu zonal office, on Monday, arraigned one Odejobi Temitope Michael before a State High Court in Enugu on one count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of N2 million.
According to the anti-graft agency, the said sum of N2 million was inadvertently paid into the defendant’s account by one Chikezie Chukuma, who thought the account belonged to an auto dealer from whom he had wanted to purchase a car sometime in 2019.
However, when it was time to take delivery of the car, Chukuma realised that he had paid the money into the wrong account.
After several efforts to get his money back failed, he reported the case to the EFCC.
The charge against the defendant read:
“Odejobi Temitope Michael sometimes in February 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court stole the sum of N2,000,000 (Two million Naira) property of one Chikezie David Chukwuma and thereby committed an offence.”
But the defendant pleaded “not guilty” when the charge was read to him.
His lawyer, B. J. Adigwe, filed a motion for his bail pending the determination of the case.
The prosecution counsel, S. C. Anyanwu, opposed the bail application, arguing that the defendant might not return to face trial if he goes back to Republic of Benin where he resides.
She urged the court to give the matter an accelerated hearing.
The presiding judge, Justice E.N. Alukwu, ordered the remand of the defendant in the EFCC custody and adjourned the matter till April 25, 2021, for hearing.