Man arraigned for allegedly impersonating firm’s managing director
A 22-year-old man, Jeremiah Onochie has been arraigned before a Federal Capital Territory Court, Abuja for impersonating the managing director of Vetiva Capital Limited, Mr. Chuka Eseka and obtaining money from members of the public with a promise of 100 per cent interest within one hour.
Vetiva Capital Management Limited is a financial service company incorporated in Nigeria and is duly regulated and registered by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to carry on business as an issuing house, market maker and fund manager. Also, it carries out business of trusteeship and stockbroking.
During the arraignment before senior magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed of FCT Court 6, it was gathered that Vetiva Capital Management Ltd on January 8, 2020 had written a petition against three individuals namely Jeremiah Chukwu Onochie, Hussaini Abdulrasheed and Chinonso Ndu for impersonation and obtaining money from members of the public with the promise of 100 percent interest within an hour.
One of the suspects, Jeremiah was tracked and arrested by the SEC Police Unit for posing and claiming to be the managing director of the company. Furthermore, the suspect it was alleged, opened a WhatsApp group, which he used to lure investors, and promised victims 100 percent profits within one hour of investing. He also opened a bank account with UBA Bank Plc and used POS to move the money out of the account within the shortest possible period.
The prosecution told the court that bank records showed that about N0.5 million was deposited by different investors at different time to the bank account, and there was almost immediate movement of money out of the account.
Onochie claimed that on his way from the bank on November 18, 2020, armed robbers, who at gunpoint took his ATM Bank Card, the PIN Number and his Bank Account Number, ambushed him.
According to him, he did not report the robbery to the appropriate authorities because they threatened and warned him not to inform the police or even think of reporting to the bank talk more of blocking and changing his account and pin number.
Senior Magistrate Ibrahim Mohammed after listening to both sides adjourned the case to May 17, 2020 as the suspect pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
Request for bail by the defendant was granted on the condition that he meets the condition of paying the sum of N1million, provide a surety that resides in Abuja, and has complete and valid property documents and must reside within FCT to be able to present him for the next trial.
The suspect, Onochie hails from Amego, Akegbu Ugwu Village, Enugu State. The other suspects that are believed to be working with him are Hussaini Abdulrasheed and Chinonso Ndu who are still at large.