By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State on Thursday ordered that nine suspected internet fraudsters nabbed by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) Ibadan zonal office be remanded in Ado-Ekiti prison pending the hearing of criminal charges filed against them
Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding judge and designated vacation judge for the Federal High Court in the Southwest, gave the order when the suspects were arraigned before the court.
EFCC in the charge sheet gave the names of the suspects as Jejelowo Blessing, Charles Ilesanmi Omobolade, Adelanke Adesola Abiodun, Jejelowo Samson Olanrewaju and Quadri Adewale Ayuba, Raphael Sunday, Omoniyi Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Adebola Kazeem Adeyemi and Adeyeye Rasheed.
The nine accused persons were charged for sundry internet related offences including obtaining money by false pretence, impersonation and being in possession of forged and fraudulent documents to defraud unsuspecting foreigners.
They pleaded not-guilty to their respective charges when read to them and following the not-guilty plea, the EFCC legal team, led by Dr Ben Ubi, prayed the count for trial dates and order to remand the suspects in Ado Ekiti prison.
The court granted the remand prayer, and also fixed two different dates for the hearing cases against the suspects.September 23, 2019 was for trial of Jejelowo Blessing, Charles Ilesanmi Omobolade and Adelanke Adesola Abiodun cases, while Jejelowo Samson Olanrewaju, Quadri Adewale Ayuba, Rapheal Sunday, Omoniyi Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Adebola Kazeem Adeyemi and Adeyeye are to start answering to their criminal charges on September 25, 2019.
It will be recalled that the accused persons were arrested during a raid carried out in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State by operatives of the Commission on July 8, 2019.