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The Uyo Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 26, 2020 arraigned the trio of Edwin Edet Etim, Joseph Essien Samuel and Moses Asuquo Effiong before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

They were arraigned on two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N6,000,000 (Six Million Naira).

The defendants ran into troubled waters on January 3, 2020 when the zone received a petition dated December 20, 2019 from one Dr. Emmanuel Etuk, who alleged that he paid the said sum to Etim for a plot of land located at Shelter Afrique, Uyo, only for him to suddenly disappear and all efforts made to reach him proved abortive.

Acting on the petition, investigations revealed how the trio conspired amongst themselves to swindle the victim of the sum.

One of the counts reads: “That you Edwin Edet Etim (Alias Anietie Udofia Ekanem), Joeph Essien Samuel, Moses Asoquo Effiong (Alias Anietie Udofia Ekanem), sometime in November 2019 at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain a total sum of N6,000,000.00 (Six million naira) from Etuk Emmanuel Benjamin as payment for a land at Shelter Afrique area of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

The defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charge preferred against them.

In view of their pleas, Adebayo Soares, the prosecution counsel, prayed for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

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EFCC Arraigns Three over Alleged N6m Land Scam in Uyo . . The Uyo Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 26, 2020 arraigned the trio of Edwin Edet Etim, Joseph Essien Samuel and Moses Asuquo Effiong before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. . . They were arraigned on two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N6,000,000 (Six Million Naira). . . The defendants ran into troubled waters on January 3, 2020 when the zone received a petition dated December 20, 2019 from one Dr. Emmanuel Etuk, who alleged that he paid the said sum to Etim for a plot of land located at Shelter Afrique, Uyo, only for him to suddenly disappear and all efforts made to reach him proved abortive. . . Acting on the petition, investigations revealed how the trio conspired amongst themselves to swindle the victim of the sum. . . One of the counts reads: "That you Edwin Edet Etim (Alias Anietie Udofia Ekanem), Joeph Essien Samuel, Moses Asoquo Effiong (Alias Anietie Udofia Ekanem), sometime in November 2019 at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain a total sum of N6,000,000.00 (Six million naira) from Etuk Emmanuel Benjamin as payment for a land at Shelter Afrique area of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act." . . The defendants pleaded "not guilty" to the charge preferred against them. . . In view of their pleas, Adebayo Soares, the prosecution counsel, prayed for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service. #Gidifeed

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