EFCC Arraigns 35-Years-Old Over N160M Internet Fraud

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today arraigned a 35 years old suspected fraudster, Abiola Kayode Malik and his company MIKA Resources Nigeria Limited before a Federal High Court, Lagos on a four-count charge of obtaining by false pretence, retention of proceeds of crime and impersonation.

The defendants after taken their plea and pleaded not guilty to the charges were ordered by the trial judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor to be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending hearing and determination of their bail application.

At the arraignment of the defendants today, counsel to EFCC, Mrs Zainab Ettu told the court that the prosecution has a four-count charge against the defendants and pleaded with the court to allow the charge to be read to the defendants and their plea taken.

The trial judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor consequently ordered that the charge be read to the defendants and both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following their non- guilty plea, counsel to EFCC, urged the court to remand the accused persons in prison custody.

However, counsel to the defendants Mr Chris Ibe told the court that he has a pending application for the bail of the defendants and that he would like to move the application,but the prosecutor told the court that the commission is yet to file a counter affidavit to the charge.

She urged the court to adjourn the matter for the prosecution to respond appropriately.

After listening to both parties, Justice Obiozor adjourned the matter till Monday, October 22, 2018 for hearing of the bail application, the judge also ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ikoyi prison.

The EFCC had in Charge number FHC/L/240c/18 alleged that

the defendants, Abiola Kayode Malik and MIKA Resources Nigeria Limited on or about the 9th day of April, 2018 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Court retained the sum N17, 084, 740, 64 (Seventeen Million, Eighty Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty Naira, Sixty Four kobo) in his Zenith Bah Account No. 1014100171 which he knew or reasonable ought to have known that the said sum of money forms part of the proceeds of on unlawful act to wit: obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) I the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended) or punishable under Section 15(3) of the some Act.

The defendants were also alleged to have between the 18th day of December, 2014 and 4th day April, 2018 took possession of the sum of N143,021,925.36 (One Hundred and Forty Three Million, Twenty One Thousand, Nine Hundred or Twenty Five Naira, Thirty Six Kobo) in their Zenith Bonk Accou Number 1014100171 which they knew or reasonably ought to hat known that the said sum of money forms part of the proceeds an unlawful act to wit: obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the some Act.

The third count reads: That you, Abiola Kayode Malik sometime in 2017 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did acquire a Mercedes Benz C300 2015 Model with Registration Number KJA 464 EV valued N14,000,000 (Fourteen Million Naira) which property you knew or reasonably ought to have known that the said property forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the some Act.

Count court of the charge states that Abiola Kayode sometime in 2018 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of court fraudulently impersonated one Daniel Dwayne and accordingly created on email address “danieldwayne011@yahoo.com with intent to gain advantage for himself and thereby committed offence contrary to Section 22(3)(0) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the some Act.

In a similar vein, the commission today, also arraigned another suspected fraudster, Samson Olujobi for intentionally engaging In computer phishing and fraudulently obtaining the sum of $4,000 from one Audrey Frank by falsely representing to her that he (Samson Olujobi ) is Frank Maurice Trudel.

The prosecution represented by Zainab Ettu, however, urged the court to order that the two count charge be read to the accused who was not represented by any counsel.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge while the matter was adjourned till 7th November for trial.

According to the two count charge, Samson Olujobi was alleged to have on or about the 28th day of August 2017 at Lagos knowingly and intentionally engaged In computer phishing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 32 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act. 2015.

Count two of the charge also read: That you Samson Olujobi sometime in August 2016, at Lagos within the jurisdiction at this Honorable Court by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtained the sum of $4,000 (Four Hundred US DotlaIs) from one Audrey Frank by falsely representing to her that you are Frank Maurice Trudel, an American, engaged in mining activities In Nigeria and that you were in a relationship a ‘In love’ with her which pretence you knew to be false thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

 

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