Olusakin Babalola, Ibadan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has arraigned a man identified as Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division.
He was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on obtaining property under pretence.
Afolabi, who operated under a false identity with the name, William Sharon was arrested in Ibadan by operatives of the Commission after receiving an intelligence report on his fraudulent activities on May 10, 2018.
Afolabi and other suspects were alleged to be members of a syndicate formed to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians through the use of the internet.
The petitioner had accused Afolabi and his gang of deploying fake information to obtain Itune Gift Card and Amazon Cards from foreigners.
The offence runs contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
Afolabi pleaded not guilty to all the charges as they were read to him.
Following his plea, EFCC’s counsel, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleiman, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.
The defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun, however, filed a bail application on behalf of his client which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose to.
The trial Judge has adjourned till July 3 for his ruling on the bail application, while fixing commencement of trial for September 30.
He equally ordered that the accused be remanded in prison till the court decides on his trial