It was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a married couple, Mr. Augustine Ezeama and Juliet Ezeama, before Justice O. H. Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on seven counts of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.
According to the EFCC, the couple had on May 6, 2015, obtained $30,570 from a firm, CIFERCOM LLC under the pretext that the money was for registration of CIFERCOM LLC as a company in Nigeria preparatory to the award of an $8m contract to CIFERCOM LLC by the Federal Government.
One of the charges read, “That you, on Augustine Ezeama, Juliet Ezeama and Mabrubeni Nigeria Limited, on or about the 6th of May, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $30,570 from CIFERCOM LLC under the false pretences that the money was for registration of CIFERCOM LLC as a company in Nigeria preparatory to the award of $8m contract to CIFERCOM LLC by the Federal Government of Nigeria, which representation you knew to be false.”
They both pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Justice Oshodi remanded the defendants in EFCC custody and subsequently adjourned the matter till November 21, 2016 for bail application.