Crime

Man accused of defrauding businessman weeps in court

 A man accused of allegedly defrauding a businessman of GH¢5,000.00 under the pretext of supplying him bags of oil well cement at a cost of GH¢120,000.00, broke down and wept.

Emeka Eze, a Nigerian mobile phone seller, charged with defrauding by false pretenses, pleaded not guilty.

Eze pleaded with the court that he want to assist the police arrest his accomplices, and prosecution said Eze has refunded GH¢3,500.00.

The court remanded Eze into police custody to reappear on December 13.

The court presided by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye asked the accused to assist the police to apprehend his accomplices.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Simon Apiosornu said the complainant in the case, Kweku Danquah Ofori Atta, resides at Dzorwulu while Eze lives at Antie Eku, near Santa Maria in Accra.

Prosecution said on November 19, this year, the complainant received a call from some people who claimed to be workers of Bui Dam, and that they needed oil well cement from Indonesia and that the complainant should contact the secretary of the Ministry of Energy for details.

Chief Insp Apiosornu said the complainant contacted one of them who claimed to be a procurement manager, and he reaffirmed that they needed the oil well cement from Indonesia.

The prosecution said the so-called procurement manager also claimed they had terminated the contract between them and their former supplier and needed a replacement.

Chief Insp Apiosornu said the complainant contacted the seller, who indicated that he was going to send someone of which the accused emerged with the sample of the oil well cement and collected GH¢5,000.00.

The prosecution said after the testing, the accused and his accomplices informed the complainant that the Bui Dam Contractor and his team would be coming to Accra to sign a contract with him so that he could buy 12 more bags of the said cement.

He said the complainant became suspicious and alerted National Security operatives.

On November 22, this year, Eze was nabbed at Awoshie when he attempted to collect GH¢120,000.00 from the complainant under the pretext of supplying 12 bags of the oil well cement.

The court heard that when Eze was nabbed, he mentioned one Kofi and Tawiah as his accomplices, but he failed to lead the police to arrest them. –  GNA

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