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Employment Scam: Court Throws Immigration Officer into Prison

From  Ignatius  Okpara, Enugu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has  arraigned one David Emeka Madubuko, an  officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service before Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court Sitting in Enugu, for allegedly defrauding some innocent Nigerians of various sums of money, totaling N220,000  (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira), under the guise that he was capable of offering them employment in the service.

According to the anti graft agency, the offence is punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

When the  five count charge preferred against Madubuko, by the Commission  was read to him, he pleaded not guilty on all  of them.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel Mr. Michael Ani Esq. then prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison and fix a trial date but the defense counsel C. Utazi Esq. told the court that the accused had paid back the said sum.

Reacting to the information,the presiding Judge immediately stopped the defense counsel on the ground that he should proceed with bail application.

He said: “Restitution only comes after judgement following a conviction or plea bargain, and whatever the accused had done cannot stop the trial”.

The defense counsel then prayed the court to grant the accused bail on liberal terms, on the grounds that he had been cooperating with the Commission and had not jumped the administrative bail already granted him by the EFCC.

But before adjourning to September 20, 2017, and after listening to the arguments canvassed by both counsels, Justice Liman granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) in like sum and one surety who must be a senior Immigration officer in the level of a superintendent, as well as a private citizen with landed property within the jurisdiction of the court which must be verified and the document deposited with court registrar.

One of the charge for which the accused person was arraigned reads thus:  “that Mr. David Emeka Madubuko, while being an officer of the Nigeria Immigration Services on 13th day of January, 2014, in Enugu within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Sixty Thousand Naira (N60,000.00) from one Ezekiel Evaristus Chibuzo through your account number 0029365838, domiciled in Access Bank PLC, Kenyetta Branch, Enugu.

He committed the offence “by false pretence when you falsely presented yourself as capable of giving him employment in the Nigeria Immigration Service which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

 

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