• Two students of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko have been arraigned before Justice Theophine Oguji of the State High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a four count charge bordering on Conspiracy and Stealing.

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    The suspects, identified as Aneke Collins Nnamdi and Sifon Samuel Israel were charged on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017.

    The students got more than they bargained for when First City Momument Bank (FCMB) petitioned the EFCC that they received report from one of their customers, Girls Secondary School, Awka, over an unauthorized web transfer of over N10 million on their account with the bank.

    Count one of the charge reads: “that you Aneke Collins Nnamdi and Sifon Samuel Israel sometimes in the month of October 2016 at Awka in Anambra state within the Jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: Stealing of money property of Girls Secondary School Akwa and thereby committed and offence of Conspiracy contrary to Section 353 of the Criminal Code CAP 36 Vol II Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 1991.

    The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

    In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and urged the court to remand the defendants in prison custody.

    However, the defense counsel, J. N. Okongwu asked for a short date to file his bail application.

    The case was adjourned to 22 March and 4, 9 May, 2017 for trial. The defendants are to be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of their bail.

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