The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office has arraigned one Damian Terhemba for commiting fraud.
Terhemba was arraigned, before Justice M. A. Ikpambese of the Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi, on a 1-count charge bordering on dishonestly misappropriating the sum of N1, 906, 000 meant for the purchase of a Toyota Corolla car 2005 model.
Trouble started for Terhemba when he received the said sum from one Mr. Iortule Aondowase to help him purchase a vehicle but rather squandered the money.
The charge reads: “That you, Damian Oragbai Terhemba between 2017 and 2018 in Makurdi within the Jurisdiction of this honourable Court, being entrusted with the sum of N1, 906, 000 by one Iortule Aondowase for the purchase of a Toyota Corolla car 2005 model, but dishonestly misappropriated the said sum and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 312 of the Penal code (CAP) 124 Laws of Benue State, and punishable under section 313 of the same Law”.
The defendant, however, pleaded “not guilty” when the charge was read to him.
Based on his plea, prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua requested for a trial date.
Counsel to defendant, I. M. Mari, in an application for bail, urged the Court to grant him bail on most liberal terms.
Justice Ikpambese granted bail to defendant in the sum of N500,000.00 with one surety in like sum.
He stated that the surety must reside in Makurdi, and must show evidence of tax payment, must be a civil servant not below GL 10 and above with letter of appointment and identification card.
He also said the surety and defendant must submit two recent passport photographs with the Court.
The case was adjourned till July 15, 2020 for commencement of trial.