The Enugu zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday May 16, 2018 arraigned Dr. Isidore Ojukwu Nwankwo, before Justice A. M Liman of the Federal High Court Enugu, Enugu State on a six count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.
Nwankwo defrauded prospective students of millions of
naira, an offence which contravenes Section 1(1)(a) of Advance Fee
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable Under
Section 1(3) of the Same Act.
A case of fraud, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences was reported to the Commission by one Ezeh Emmanuel and
Nineteen other students of Enugu Polytechnic Ndeaboh, Ani-Nri LGA of
Enugu State against Dr. Isidore Ojukwu Nwankwo, saying they were
deceived by Isidore who told him that the school belonged to the Senator
representing Enugu East Senatorial Zone in collaboration with Enugu
Investigation however revealed that some of
the victims got to know about the school through some posters in
strategic locations in town. The students were made to pay the sum of
N5, 000 for admission form, N10, 000 for Acceptance Fee and N35, 000 for
1st Semester school fees each.
Further investigations also
revealed that the school was not recognized by government neither was it
registered with National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and
Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Dr. Ojukwu pleaded not guilty to all
the count charges preferred against him.
In view of the accused
person’s plea, the prosecuting counsel Barr. Michael Ani, applied for a
trial date and prayed his Lordship to remand the accused in prison
custody but the defense counsel, Barr. C. C Agwu informs the court of a
motion for bail of his client. The prosecuting counsel opposed the bail
application on the ground that the accused had earlier jumped bail an
administrative bail granted him by the commission.
Dr. Isidore Ojukwu arrested for operating Illegal polytechnic in Enugu State
Friday, 18 May 2018