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EFCC arraigns 11 University students for alleged Internet fraud (Full List)

Two of the 11 Suspects the EFCC Arraigns in Court for Prosecution

*The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigns 11 students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State capital, for their alleged involvement in Internet scams

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the anti-graft regulatory Commission Monday, November 6, 2023, arraigned 11 students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State capital, for their alleged involvement in Internet fraud.

The EFCC said the defendants were arraigned on different count charges, ranging from one to six charges as preferred  against them by the EFCC.

Cross-sections of 69 OAU students the EFCC initially arrested in a night raid “before investigation and arraignment” of actual suspects

ConsumerConnect reports the 11 defendants are among 69 suspected Internet fraudsters the EFCC operatives earlier arrested in a night raid executed  Wednesday, November 1 at the Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife, in Osun State.

The EFCC had stated that the agency effected arrest of the entire suspects at first, followed actionable intelligence on “their alleged involvement in fraudulent Internet-related activities.”

Dele Oyewale, Head of Media and Publicity at EFCC, in a statement issued Tuesday, November 7, disclosed the names of defendants as Perekebena Olombeni Micah, Nnekwelugo Nnaemeka, Moyosore Favour Oluwasakin, Aghwaritoma Wisdom Obaro, Daniel Olashile Maiye and Gbolahan Khalid Adesina.

Others are Yinka Temitope Jayeola, Olumuyiwa Emmanuel Adeleye, Abiola Emmanuel Oluwadare, Busari Abdulazeez Ayodeji and Okesipe Tobiloba Paul.

The statement noted that nine of the defendants were arraigned on a count charge each, while the remaining two: Micah and Obaro, had six-count  charges filed against each of them.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Perekebena Olombeni Micah sometimes in 2023 in Osogbo, Osun State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonated the name – Pies through  your Whatsapp account phone number +1(414)367-9473 by claiming that you are an American Female in love with your victims in the United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015.”

The Commission also stated another count reads, “That you, Aghwaritoma Wisdom Obaro on or about 1st November, 2023 at Ile-Ife, Osun State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated by representing yourself to be a Whiteman by name Alex Stephens from United States of America to one Megan Johnson, through your Google Chat and your e-mail address: (alexsteps678@gmail.com) with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015.”

Upon their arraignments, they all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.

Consequently, prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni prayed  the court for  trial dates  and the remand of the defendants at a Correctional Centre.

In response, defence counsels to Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye and Okesipe informed the court of “motions for bail applications” filed on behalf of their clients which have been served on the prosecution, therefore urging the court to admit the six defendants to bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, having listened to the prayers of both parties, admitted Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye and Okesipe to bail.

Meeting bail conditions

The court also admitted Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Adeleye and Okesipe to bail in the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira only) each while Micah was granted bail in the sum of N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira only).

Other bail conditions are two sureties in like sum, first surety must be the defendant’s father or mother, second surety must be a relative, sibling, clergy or civil servant with the Osun State Government; the sureties must depose to an affidavit of means and both residential and office addresses of the sureties, as well as their statuses must be provided and verified by the Court Registrar.

“The judge adjourned the matters to November 29 and December 12, 2023, respectively for commencement of trial and remanded the defendants at the Ilesa Correctional Centre, in Osun State, pending the perfection of their bail conditions,” said the statement.

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