EFCC Docks School Proprietor Oshi Joel Luke in Enugu for N26.6m Exam Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on April 1, 2014, arraigned one Oshi Joel Luke before Justice A. O Onovo of the Enugu State High Court, Nsukka, Enugu State, on a 10-count charge of stealing, contrary to Section 342 of the revised Criminal Code of Enugu State and punishable under section 353(g) of the same Act.

The accused allegedly connived with three members of staff of his school, OBFO International Academy and collected the sum of forty six thousand naira (N46, 000.00) each from 580 candidates as registration fee for the West African Examination Council, WAEC May/June 2012 examination but failed to register the students for the said examination.

One of the charge reads, “Oshi Joel Luke and OBFO international Academy sometime between the months of September and November, 2011 with intent to defraud, stole the sum of thirty thousand naira (30,000.00) property of one Agba Susan by fraudulently converting the said sum which was paid to you through Ajah Patience Ndidiamaka into OBFO International Academy First Bank account No:2008346092 as registration fees for the 2012 May/June West African Examination Council (WAEC)/National Examination Council (NECO) examination, to your use and thereby committed an offence.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N500, 000.00 (five hundred thousand naira) and a surety in like sum. The surety must show evidence of tax clearance for the past 3 years and submit two passport photographs for verification.
The case was adjourned to April 29, 2014 for trial.

In a similar development, the accused was docked before Justice N. Ageshi of the Federal High Court, Enugu, Enugu State April 2, 2014 an 11-count charge that borders on obtaining money under false pretence.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Attempt by the defence counsel, J. O. Mba to move for bail for his client was opposed by prosecuting counsel, A. Moses.
Justice Ageshi adjourned the case to April 4, 2014 for hearing on the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody.

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