Man in court for issuing N1.3m dud cheque in Anambra
A middle-aged man, Olisa Onuchukwu has been arraigned before a Federal High Court 2, Awka, Anambra state for issuing a commercial bank cheque for a sum of N1.3million which the bank could not honour because he did not have such amount in his account with the bank.
Onuchukwu was also arraigned in the court for allegedly obtaining the sum of N1,350,000 from one Mr. Ogu Iheanacho Okwudili with a promise to secure a visa for him to travel to Europe in search of a football-playing contract.
The two-count charge marked charge No. FHC/AWK/C/48/2020 between Inspector General of Police and Olisa Onuchukwu read, “That you, Olisa Onuchukwu’m’ between July 2017 and October 2017 at Awka within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, Awka did by false pretences and with intent to defraud, obtain from Ogu Ifeanacho Okwudili the sum of One Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N1,350,000) which was paid into the Zenith Bank Account No: 2085366540.
“You pretended to use the said amount to procure traveling VISA for one Ogu Iheanacho Okwudili to enable him travel abroad and to secure an European club side for a professional football which you knew to be false and there is no truth in it.
“You are thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a)and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
“That you Olisa Onuchukwu’m’ on the 31st day of August, 2019 at Awka within the aforementioned judicial Division did issue ECO Bank cheque number 88902769, valued at One Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira was presented to the bank for payment (but) it was dishonoured on the grounds that no funds or insufficient funds were standing to your credit and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1(1)(a)(I) of the dishonoured cheques (Offences) Act Cap D11 LFN 2004”, the charge read further.
The accused, said to have partly paid the sum of #180,000 to the complainant, however pleaded not guilty to the two count charge, while Justice B. O. Quadri ajourned the matter to February 17, 2021 for further hearing after granting him bail.