By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The. Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Monday ordered that a suspected scammer, identified as Paul Afolabi be remanded in prison till the court decides on his bail application.
The suspect was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office on a four-count charge bordering on obtaining property under false pretense.
EFCC alleged that Afollabi operating with the name William Sharon was arrested in Ibadan by EFCC operatives following an intelligence report dated May 10, 2018 in which he and other suspects were alleged to be members of a syndicate formed to dupe people through the use of the internet.
In the petition, Afolabi and others were accused of deploying fake information to obtain Itune GiftCard and Amazon Cards from foreigners and that 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.
Afolabi then pleaded not guilty to all the charges read to him as the EFCC counsel, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleman, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun, filed a bail application on behalf of his client which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose to.
Justice Patricia Ajoku has however adjourned till July 3 for his ruling on the bail application, while fixing commencement of trial for September 30.