Cyber Crime:Three Men Arraigned For Impersonating Aisha Buhari

 

 

Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

 

The alleged impostor of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari, Uche Julius (aka Musa Mohammed ), who was recently arrested by the police has been remanded in prison custody by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court Lagos.

The 48 years old , Julius was arraigned alongside two others defendants, Keneth Chikwado Ezeonu (aka Abdul Karim) and Agu Ifeanyi George (aka Dr. Lina Norman) on 16-count charge bordering on cyber crime.

Of the 16-count charge preferred against the trio, Count 1-10 was for Julius on his alleged activities of using the First Lady’s name (Aisha Buhari)  to defraud his victims.

In the charge before the court, Julius, who resides at 10 Hassan Street Aguda, Surulere, Lagos and others at large were alleged to have on August 8,  2018, with  intent to defraud sent forged electronic message to one Engineer. Gmenezes ,  with the subject , Attention :Geraldo Francisco Menezes, purporting same to have been sent by Aisha Buhari in respect of immediate payment of notification of $20, 500, 000. 00 equivalent of #7, 44, 000, 000. 00.

Count 11-14, was for Ezeonu aka Abdul Karim , the 45-years- old defendant who resides at  No 4a , Alhaji Kayode Street Aguda,  Surulere Lagos, was on September 22, 2018 at his residence allegedly sent forged electronic message to one Muhammed Satti  relating to the nomination of the said Mohammed Satti as the beneficiary of $14, 800, 000. 00 USD which he knew to be false .

While count 15-16 of the charge was for George (aka Dr. Lina Norman), the 48 – years – old defendant resides at No 4a, Alhaji Kayode Close Aguda Surulere Lagos, he was also alleged to have sent forged electronic message to one Grzegorz  Suewierski relating to him being in a refugee camp due to a battle that the defendant and his kids to the camp, a representation he knew to be false, but did so with intent to steal $15, 500, 000. 00 from him.

The prosecutor, Boniface Asogwa told the court that the offences committed by the three defendants are punishable under Sections 14 ( 3) of the Cyber crime (Prohibition Prevention ETC) Act 2015.

The defendants did not have legal representation in court, but the court proceeded to take their plea on the charge and they pleaded not guilty.

After the plea of the defendants, the prosecution, Asogwa asked the court for a trial date, and also pleaded with judge to remand them in prison custody pending their trial.

In a short ruling on prosecution application, Justice Babs Kuewumi ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the conclusion of their trial and fixed January 18,

 

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