The illicit internet fraud a University of Port Harcourt student, his mother and his girlfriend have been engaging in has earned them a place in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), cell as they have been arrested in Agbor, Delta State.
The suspects, a 22-year-old Computer Science Undergraduate, Kenneth Gift, his girl friend, Dandy Spice and mother, Dorah Aninah were picked by the EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on Thursday, 16 July, 2020.
It was learnt that their arrest was sequel to a petition from the United States of America Federal Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence (FBI) to the Commission.
As at point of arrest, EFCC revealed that the underlisted items were recovered from them which include a 5-bedroom duplex, Mercedes-Benz CA250, Mercedes-Benz C250, Mercedes Benz GLK 350, laptop computers and mobile phones.
The suspects have made useful statements and would be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Wednesday, arraigned one Kebiru Haruna and a company, Zainab Courage Corporate Limited, before Justice C.N Orji of FCT High Court, Apo Abuja, on four-count charges, bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N16 million.
One of the count charges read: “That you Zainab Courage Corporate Limited on or about May 2014, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the FCT, with intent to defraud, did conspire with Kebiru Haruna to obtain the sum of N15, 000,000(Fifteen Million Naira) only, receipted from Hajiyah Asman Abubakar (representing Abubakar Sale Abubakar), by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8, of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act. 2006 and punishable under section (3) of the same Act”.
After the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel, Ike Okonjo, urged the court for commencement of trial and asked the court not to grant the defendant bail, adding that the defendant be remanded in prison custody considering the gravity of the offence.
Justice Orji noted that considering the Covid-19 pandemic, it was in the court’s discretion to grant bail, since the defendant had earlier been faithful to his administrative bail.
He granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5million (Five Million Naira only) with two sureties. One of them must be a level 17 officer in public service and lives within the jurisdiction of the court.
Justice Orji adjourned the matter till October 22, 2020, for commencement of hearing.