Businessman Arraigned, Gets Stringent Bail Condition Over Internet Fraud
A prominent Ilorin based businessman, Chukwudubem Ezenwa, has been docked at a Federal High Court in Ilorin charged with alleged internet fraud.
Chukwudubem, Managing Director of Chukwudubemapple Tech. Limited, Ilorin, was arraigned before Justice Muhammed Sanni.
He was charged alongside one Adeleke Damilola on five counts of conspiracy and internet fraud contrary to Section 27 and 33 of the cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention, etc, Act 2015.
Count one of the charge sheets read, ” that you, Adeleke Damilola, Chukwudubem Ezenwa, between the months of August and November 2020, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with the intent to defraud, did conspire among yourselves to obtain 10,000 US dollars from a credit card which does not belong to you through the use of a cash App software device and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(2)b of the cybercrime (prohibition, prevention Act) 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Following their pleas, Counsel to the EFCC, Blessing Akinsola, asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendants in prison custody pending trial.
Justice Sanni, however, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1m, with one surety in like sum, a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren stated on Friday.
The surety, according to the trial judge, must have a landed property in Ilorin, GRA, Kwara State with Certificate of Occupancy, (C of O).
In addition, the surety must deposit two passports and swear to an affidavit.
The Judge fixed October 22, 2021, for trial.
The judge further ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria correctional centre pending the perfection of their bail conditions.
61-year-old Pastor Allegedly Deflowers, Impregnates Teenage Girl
A 61-year-old clergyman has been arrested for having carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl in Ondo State.
The Pastor, Ajayi Famakinwa, was said to have deflowered the girl, Oluwatosin Ilesanmi and got her pregnant after the act.
The crime was committed in Ogbese area of Akure North Local Government area of the state where the pastor and the victim were residing.
Famakinwa, who confessed to have had sex with the girl was accused by the victim of engaging in the act in an open market with her in the community after deflowering her in his house.
Speaking on the development the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the State, DSP Funmi Odunlami stated that the victim claimed that she was lured under the guise of cleansing her spiritually.
The PPRO added that the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of investigation.
Man Arrested For Allegedly Raping Two Women
A 23-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Ola Omogunwa, has been arrested by Ondo State Command of the Nigeria police for allegedly raping two women at different locations in the State.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Odunlami Funmilayo, disclosed this while parading the suspect along with two others at the police headquarters on Tuesday in Akure.
Funmilayo said the suspect, while transporting the 35-year-old victim along Elebisre road, en-route Karo camp, in Akure North Local Government Area of the state, diverted into the bush, where he allegedly raped his victim.
She said, “On Oct. 17, at about 1300hrs, Omogunwa (suspect) conveyed a 35-year-old victim at Elebisere road en route Karo camp, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state, where he brutalised, raped, robbed and left her to die.
”The suspect along the way, diverted into a bush, attacked and raped the victim, having tied her to a tree and thereafter punctured her eyes with his motorcycle key”.
The PPRO said that the suspect made away with the victim’s N1,800, phone, necklace and other valuables.
She said the suspect was later arrested based on intelligence reports and all the stolen items were recovered from him.
Funmilayo also stated that the suspect allegedly raped a 45-year-old woman on March 28, along Owobanbo road, before his arrest.
“The suspect using same modus operandi, before he was arrested, robbed and raped a 45-year-old woman on March 28, along Owobanbo road.
“The suspect after beating the suspect to a coma, raped her, inflicted injuries on her body and also robbed her of N112,000.
“The suspect has confessed to the crimes and will soon be charged to court,” She said.
18-year-old Girl Arraigned For Allegedly Circulating Nude Video Of Retired Bayelsa Perm Sec
The Department of State Services (DSS), on Monday, arraigned a teenage girl before the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, for circulating the nude video of a retired Bayelsa permanent Secretary on social media.
In the one-count charge, prosecuting counsel, Mr Victor Uchendu, said that the accused engaged in cyber-stalking by circulating the retiree’s nude picture on a WhatsApp group.
He disclosed that the teenage girl also circulated the nude pictures of the retired permanent secretary on other social media platforms after an unsuccessful attempt to extort N15 million from the official.
The prosecutor noted that the accused made and circulated nude pictures of the retired permanent secretary on social media on Sept. 14 in contravention of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Act of 2015.
The teenager, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Her counsel, Andrew Arthur, applied for her bail from DSS custody where she had been kept for 13 days.
Arguing the bail application, Arthur told the court that the defendant had earlier been arraigned for criminal defamation on the same offence and granted bail by a Bayelsa High Court.
He said that the DSS refused to release the suspect on bail and chose to approach the Federal High Court to institute a fresh charge.
Opposing the bail application, Uchendu said that he was served the bail document in the courtroom and needed room to study it to respond to issues raised therein.
In ruling, Justice I. H. Ndahen, ordered the teenager to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in Yenagoa until Oct. 21 to hear the bail application