The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Thursday, arraigned a 25-year-old man, one Micheal Ikechukwu, for defrauding suspecting members of the public, of the sum of N99,000.00, while claiming to be herbalist, cleric, doctor and soldier.
It was revealed that suspect is in the habit of duping people of their hard earned money and promising them he would use some powers to solve their problems.
The suspect, who wore army uniform to court on Thursday, had women as most of his victims, who needed their husband’s health challenges solved.
It was further gathered that, the defendant has defrauded them of over N99,000.00.
The suspect, it was further learnt, committed the offence at Amaezekwe community, in the Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, on March, 2021.
He was arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court on four counts of false pretense, felony, amongst others, on Friday.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, told the court that the offence was punishable under sections 419; 108(b); and 109(a) of the Criminal Code Cap.33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The charge read in part, “That you Micheal Ikechukwu ‘m’ on the 12th day of March, 2021, at Amaezekwe, Ezza South Local Government Area, in the Jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, did with intent to defraud and obtain the sum of N37,000.00 from one Nwode Nkechi ‘f’ by falsely pretending that you will heal the husband, Obinna Nwode, of his sickness and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you you Micheal Ikechukwu ‘m’ on the 18th day of March, 2021, at Amaezekwe community, in Ezza South Local Government Area, in the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did wear Nigeria Army uniform which you are not a member and with the intent that you may be taken as a member of the Armed Forces and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 109(a) of the Criminal Code Cap.33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The suspect, who was not represented in court, pleaded for leniency, urging the Magistrate to have mercy on him.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Blessing Chukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000.00 with one surety in like sum. According to her, the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and have evidence of tax clearance for three years (2018, 2019 and 2020).
She adjourned the case till April 14, 2021, for hearing. Ends.