The Economic and financial crime commission (Efcc) has arraigned one Temidayo Akeredolu on Friday before justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court in Ibadan for allegedly using a fictitious name for fraudulent means through the internet
Akeredolu (aka Susan Henderson) was being prosecuted by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a three-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences, possession of fraudulent documents and forgery.
The offence, according to the charge sheet, contravened sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, as well as Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The commission alleged that the accused had been posing online as a woman under the name Susan Henderson through which he fraudulently obtained gift cards worth $300 from one Ross Kirkley.
It further stated that investigations carried out after his arrest revealed that the accused had obtained sundry amounts estimated at $600 from other unsuspecting victims using the same gimmick.
However, when the charges were read to Akeredolu, he pleaded not guilty.
The EFCC’s counsel, Mabas Mabur, asked the court for a trial date and an order to remand the accused in prison custody.
Akeredolu’s counsel, Toyese Owoade, however, moved an oral application, praying the court to admit the defendant to bail or be returned to the EFCC custody if the bail application would not be granted.
Mabur, however, opposed both prayers by the counsel, arguing that since the defendant was already before the court, it was only appropriate that he was remanded in prison custody.
The presiding judge adjourned the case to May 17 for trial and presentation of formal bail application for consideration and ordered that Akeredolu’s be remanded in prison custody.
Meanwhile the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has pledged to mete out stiff penalties on any officer found guilty of the alleged harassment and molestation of women at the Caramelo Night Club raid in Abuja.
Some of the girls arrested from the Night clubs raided in FCT by Police and officials of the AEPB The Command, in a press statement on Friday by ASP Danjuma Tanimu said a high powered team has been constituted to investigate the veracity of the allegations.
He assured the public of the police’s `zero tolerance for unprofessional disregard to human rights’, noting that ‘as a responsible corporate citizen, the Command views the allegations seriously’’.
Tanimu said investigations were already on in the allegations of rape, severe beating, extortion and maltreatment of some of the women arrested and confined at the Utako Police Division from April 26 to April 29.
He said that invitations had been sent out to relevant individuals that would assist in uncovering the truth.
The FCTA Joint Task Team, comprising of the Department of Development Control, Abuja Environmental Protection Board and the Social Development Secretariat, raided the club on April 26. Videos of the raid trended on social media, showing varying human violations of women taken into vans and in custody at the Utako Police Division.
Some of the women that shared their experiences, alleged violations in the van and varying alleged molestation at the Utako Police Station before being granted bail and arraigned at a mobile court on April 29.