An Abuja Court on Tuesday granted 24-year-old Emmanuel Ogbonna, a bail of N550,000, for allegedly committing fraud.
The young Emmanuel defrauding a woman of N500,000 after impersonating a Senegalese tailor. He was arraigned on a 10-count charge that included cheating, assembling for purpose of committing brigandage, abetting commission of offence, abduction, wrongful confinement to extort property, wrongful restraint, impersonation and giving false information.
The prosecutor for the case, Umoh Inah, told the court that the complainant, one Mary Edet of Katampe, Abuja, reported the case at Wuye Police Station on September 23.
According to him, sometime in June 2014, she boarded a taxi being driven by Emmanuel Ogbonna from Jabi Garage in Abuja with three other men (Emeka, Nnadi and Matthias) who were later discovered to be accomplices in the act but are currently at large. All three men were posing as innocent passengers as well.
According to Inah, the defendant and the other men fraudulently collected N200,000 from Ms. Edet and subsequently collected another N300,000 from her, totalling N500,000.
“The defendant claimed to be a Senegalese tailor and told the woman that he would supply laptops and Blackberry phones to her but failed to do so. The woman boarded the defendant’s taxi again on September 23 from Berger to Life Camp, Abuja, and recognised the defendant. The defendant and his members noticed this and diverted to Wuye District with the intent to abduct her. The woman raised an alarm; the defendant was arrested while other members fled,” the prosecutor said.
The defendant pleaded not guilty while the case was adjourned to November 17 for hearing.