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A former employee of Konga and postgraduate student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Aniekan Charles Ekong, has been charged to court by the Police for defrauding the eCommerce firm to the tune of over N7.5m.

The alleged fraudster, a former employee of Konga, was arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Ekong, who is from Akwa Ibom State, faces a three-count charge of stealing the sum of N7.5m belonging to Konga, impersonation, and fraud allegedly perpetrated against the company.

Investigations reveal that the suspect, whose employment had previously been terminated by Konga, was tracked down by the police to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

From there, he was brought back to Lagos and subsequently charged to court for the alleged offenses. Findings reveal that the suspect had allegedly started living large shortly after his exit from Konga, before enrolling for a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) programme with the University of Lagos.

Aniekan, who was arraigned before Magistrate A.O. Ajibade, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.

Subsequently, the Presiding Magistrate granted him bail. However, he was remanded under Police custody pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions which include the sum of N500,000; provision of two sureties who must be blood relatives who will tender their Tax Clearance Certificate from the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) for three years. Also, one of the sureties must own a landed property in Lagos State.

The case has been adjourned to Monday, September 7, 2020 for commencement of trial.

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