A Benin Prince, Peter Eweka and his wife, Stella risk imprisonment over the sum of N3 million allegedly obtained under false pretence. The accused Eweka was said to have conspired with his wife to obtain the money from from Mrs. Juliet Aimienrovbiye by false pretence, stealing and converting the money for personal use and additional
A Benin Prince, Peter Eweka and his wife, Stella risk imprisonment over the sum of N3 million allegedly obtained under false pretence.
The accused Eweka was said to have conspired with his wife to obtain the money from from Mrs. Juliet Aimienrovbiye by false pretence, stealing and converting the money for personal use and additional N200,000 for personal use.
During their arraignment on Thursday before federal High Court, Benin division, Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi, requested the accused Couple to show proof, linking them to the Benin royal family and convince the court why they should not be jailed in connection with the alleged fraud.
The accused, Prince Peter Eweka and his wife, Stella, had been arraigned before Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi, on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money under false pretence.
The accused Couple however pleaded not guilty to the charges which was read in court on Thursday.
Following their not guilty plea, Counsel to the petitioner, Mr F. B. Ojiezele, requested for trial to commence immediately.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr. Zion Agbon, however objected to the commencement of trial on grounds that his client had began and out-of-court settlement of the said amount.
He told the court that the couple had already made two payments and 31st May was the next date for another payment.
At this information, Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi, questioned why the case should go on trial if settlement had begun.
Counsel to the petitioner however told the court that his client did not inform him on the development.
Ojiezele, called for the remand of the accused persons in prison custody pending full payment and the determination of the substantive suit.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr. Agbon, however objected to the prison remand, saying that it would impede his clients’ ability to make payment the next day.
He also informed the court that the wife was a nursing mother of a sickle Cell baby.
In determining the bail application, the Judge requested to know if the accused was of the royal family, noting that the name, Prince Eweka, rang a royal inclination.
Following affirmation by the accused of his totality, Judge Demi-Ajayi directed that suspects to produce a member of the royal family before the end of the day’s sitting to identify them in the presence of the assistant registrar of the court and in company of both Counsels.
He said failing to produce they would be remanded in prison custody till June 13, 2019 for commencement of trial.
A member of Benin royal family produced by the accused persons was rejected by the court registrar and counsel to the petitioner.
As at the time of filing this report, the accused persons were her to meet the bail condition.