A Nigerian man, Emmanuel Eromosele Okojie, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The defendant faces a nine-count charge bordering on stealing before Justice A.O. Akpovi of the Delta State High Court in Warri.
While serving as manager and accountant of Carlaw Guest House and Conference Centre, Okojie allegedly stole N19,503,143.
The offence violates section 383(1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria and is punishable under the same law.
One of the counts said Okojia a.k.a Tony Carl, between January and December 2018 in Warri, converted the said amount belonging to Dr. Caroline Olumage Ajayah.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against him.
Prosecution counsel, Onyeka Ekweozor prayed the court for a trial date and to remand Okojie in prison custody.
Defence counsel, P. E. Tohoye urged the court to grant his client bail. Justice Akpovi granted him bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties.
One must be a blood relative, as well as a civil servant not below Grade Level 10 and own a landed property within Delta.
Okojie was remanded in the custody of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Warri Police Station pending bail perfection.