Managing Director Livelihood Homes Limited, Kelly Nwogu has pleaded not guilty to the eight hundred million naira fraud charge against him and his company.
Kelly Nwogu, 1st Defendant and Livelihood Homes Limited, 2nd Defendant in the matter finally took their plea in the four-count charge, after being successfully arraigned in a federal high court in Port Harcourt.
The four-count charge borders on conspiracy and advance fee fraud, defrauding over four hundred and ninety-six people a total sum of eight hundred million Naira on false pretence.
Counsel to the Defendants moved an oral application, urging the court to grant his client bail, with reasons that the 1st Defendant has been in detention even before being arraigned in court, while the Prosecution opposed to the bail application.
Justice Hillary Oshomo, after listening to the argument of Counsels in the matter adjourned to 13th February for ruling on the bail application.
Counsel leading the Prosecution, Sokari Egop, told our correspondent, Tina Amanda, that it is left to the court to consider whether the 1st Defendant will be granted bail while stressing that case is a bailable offence.
On his part, Defendants’ Counsel Chika Agbaeze, said his clients have completed their arraignment in court, adding that they await the court to rule on the bail application.