The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, September 7, arraigned Alyassau Muhammad before Justice Hannatu Balogun of the Kaduna High Court.
The suspect was arrested following intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities on the internet
Muhammad faces two count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.
Muhammad allegedly posed as a female Malaysian to induce one Nor Rahem Mohd Jani to send money in tranches of foreign currencies.
He provided an account with Maybank (name Hafizan Hamid), EFCC investigators found.
DAILY POST reports that Muhammad had three Malaysian WhatsApp numbers also linked to a Telegram group dominated by Malaysians.
One of the count said between May and August, 2021 in Kaduna, he obtained RM16,300 (Malaysian Rinngit) from Jani after presenting himself as Lady Aisha (a White Muslim lady).
The offence was contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
Muhammad pleaded ‘not guilty to the charges. Prosecution counsel, M. E. Eimonye urged the court to fix a date for the start of trial.
The defence counsel, Abdulhakeem Audu moved an application for bail which Justice Balogun granted in the sum of N2million and two sureties.
One must be a civil servant in Kaduna with a valid means of identification, while the other must have a landed property in the state.
The judge adjourned the matter until September 29, 2021.