Popular Nigerian lawyer remanded in prison


A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, eastern Nigeria, has ordered that prominent Enugu Lawyer, Christian Chukwudozie Ebuzoeme be remanded in prison custody till November 21 pending the hearing of his bail application.

The accused was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Shuaibu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on November 15, 2012 on a four count charge bordering on intent to obtain money by false pretence.

The accused and his accomplice, one Amaechi Okoye who is still at large, allegedly swindled unsuspecting members of the public through a phony investment scheme.

They, in contravention of banking rules, floated a company, Karchack Services Limited in New Haven, Enugu through which they solicited and received deposits from members of the public with promise of mouth watery returns to the investors.

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When the charge was read to Ebuzoeme, he pleaded not guilty, prompting prosecution counsel, Johnson Ojogbane to pray the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

But defence counsel J.O. Agha moved a motion for bail, urging the court to admit his client to bail on the same terms which the EFCC had offered him an administrative bail.

Justice Shuaibu however rejected the oral application and adjourned the case to November 21, 2012 for hearing of the bail application