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EFCC Docks Two LG Officials For Diversion Of Community Funds

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, #EFCC, Ibrahim on Tuesday June 5, 2018 docked the duo of Ozo. Raphael Chikelu and Segius Aliozor , Chairman and Financial Secretary respectively of Ogui-Agu, Eke ,Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N4.000,000 (Four Million Naira Only) before Justice E.N. Egumgbe of the State High Court,Enugu .

The offences according to the charge were contrary to Sections 389 of the Criminal Code Law of Enugu State and Section 342 of Criminal Code Law of Enugu State and punishable under Section 343 (i) of the same law.

Chikelu and Aliozor were said to have conspired to convert the sum of N4.7 Million realized from the sale of community lands to their personal use. They purportedly claimed that the fund was expended on the repair of roads which was later found to be false as the local government council had given out tractors and graders for the road.

The duo were also said to have collected some other amount of money from their kinsmen as development and electricity levy which were equally diverted by the Chairman in buying plots of lands in Enugu metropolis.

When the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty. Consequently their counsel, J.C. Ezemma moved his motion for bail, asking the court to grant them bail.

Prosecution counsel, B. N. Obasi-Eze did not oppose the bail application.

Justice Egumgbe granted the duo bail in the sum of N1.000, 000.00 (One Million Naira) each. The sureties, he ordered, must be civil servants not below grade level 14, who also must be resident within Enugu metropolis.

The case has been adjourned to June 28 for hearing.

Jeffrey

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