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A Nigerian who allegedly defrauded 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 has been granted bail.

Appearing before a Circuit Court in Accra, Emeka Eze was admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢5,000.00 with a surety who is in gainful employment.

Eze has denied the charge of defrauding by false pretences.

He is to reappear on January 14 at the court presided over by Mrs Justice Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye.

Meanwhile Eze who earlier on refunded GH¢3,500.00 has paid back the remaining GH¢ 1,500.00 when he made second appearance before the Court.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu told the Court that the Police ares working tirelessly to apprehend Eze’s accomplices.

According to Chief Inspector Apiorsornu, Eze has refunded all the money he allegedly collected from the complainant.

Prosecution said he would inform his superiors about the refund in order to know the next line of action.

The prosecution did not inform the court on the outcome of the orders of the court directed at the Police to test the oil well cement.

The case of the prosecution is that the complainant Kweku Danquah Ofori Atta resides at Dworwulu while Eze lives at Auntie Eku, near Santa Maria in Accra.

Chief Inspector Apiorsornu said on November 19, this year, the complainant received a call from his boss that some people who claimed to be workers of Bui Dam needed oil well cement from Indonesia and that the complainant should contact the Secretary to the Minister of Energy for their details.

Prosecution said the complainant took the details and contacted one of them who claimed to be the Procurement Manager and 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

According to the prosecution, the supposed procurement Manager, informed the complainant to contact the said seller of the oil well cement and buy one for testing.

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

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 contract with him so he should buy 12 more bags of the said cement.

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

Prosecution said on November 22, this year, Eze was nabbed when he attempted to collect cash in the sum of GH¢120,000.00 from the complainant under the pretext of supplying 12 bags of the oil well cement.

The prosecution said when Eze was nabbed he mentioned one Kofi and Tawiah as his accomplices but failed to lead the police to apprehend them.