EFCC arrests three suspected internet fraudsters, arraigns five others in Ibadan

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, has  arrested three suspected internet fraudsters at Ire-Akari area of Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

It also arraigned five others before Mrs Patricia Ajoku and Mrs Joyce Abdulmalik of Federal High Court, Ibadan.

The three arrested suspects are Saheed Owoseni, Busayo Otubu and Felix Goddey.

Owoseni claimed to be a farmer while Otubu said he is into rentals service and the alleged trade for Goddey is real estate business.

However, intelligence reports and preliminary investigation on them indicated otherwise.

Owoseni in a desperate move to deny the Commission access to useful data that could help in his possible prosecution, smashed his iPhone 7 and HP laptop with the hope of destroying the information contained therein.

His intentions however failed as EFCC operatives picked up the piece and subjected them to forensic analysis with the effort paying off.

This is in addition to several fraudulent documents recovered which will equally be vetted in the course of investigation.

Other items recovered from them include two cars (Lexus 350 and Toyota Camry) Iphones, other brands of phone, sim cards and internet modems.  

In the same vein, the Commission has dragged five suspected internet fraudsters to court.

The suspects are Moshood Nafiu Olatunji, Atolagbe Damilola Timmy, Olasupo James Anuoluwapo, Kehinde Ridwan Tobi and Adeleke Oluwaseyi.

While Moshood, Atilagbe and Olasupo were arraigned before Mr Ajoku, Kehinde and Adeleke will be standing trial before Mr Abdulmalik.

The accused persons were arraigned separately on different count charges that border on possession of fraudulent documents, impersonation, obtaining Gift Cards under false pretense and obtaining money under false pretense.

Olatunji and Oluwaseyi were to answer to a four-count charge each; whereas Tobi and Babatunde are facing a three-count charge each. Anuoluwapo was arraigned on a twelve-count charge.

The five accused persons pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.

Prosecution counsel on the cases before Ajoku, Mr Murtala Usman, informed the court that counsel in the respective cases had commenced a plea bargain arrangement with the Commission and that the process is almost concluding.

He then prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable them come back soon for the plea bargain.

The prosecuting counsel before Abdulmalik, Mr Sanusi Galandachi, prayed the court for trial dates and an order to remand the duo in prison custody.

The judge granted the prayer of the prosecutor and adjourned the case to July 5for hearing of the respective plea bargains, and ordered the defendants to be remanded in prison custody.

She then ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending when formal bail applications are brought before her and thereafter adjourned the case to July 10for trial.

 

 

 

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