The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday arraigned one Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division on a four-count charge bordering on obtaining property under false pretense.
Afolabi, who operated through the name ‘William Sharon’ was arrested in Ibadan by operatives of the Commission after receiving an intelligence report in which he and other suspects were alleged to be members of a syndicate formed to dupe people through the use of the internet.
The petitioner had accused them of deploying fake information to obtain Itune GiftCard 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.
Following his not guilty plea, EFCC’s counsel, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleman, 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.
The presiding judge however adjourned the case till July 3 for his ruling on the bail application, while fixing commencement of trial for September 30.