Three suspected internet fraudsters have been arraigned before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court for fraudulent activity.
The suspected fraudsters were arrested by the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for alleged conspiracy to defraud one Mr Olaside Misbahudeen of N1 million.
The defendants, a banker, Ezeagbor chijioke, and his accomplices, and Anthony Nneji and Ibenebu Francis, were given a four count charge of conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretenses.
According to the complainant, the suspects asked him to invest in the Central Bank of Nigeria Treasury Bills and then allegedly forged and issued him a fake certificate.
The men pleaded not guilty, but Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to September 24, 2020, for the commencement of trial and remanded them in Nigeria Correctional Service (prison).
“That you, Ezeagbor Chijioke, while being the direct sales agent of First City Monument Bank Plc; Anthony Nneji and Ibenegbu Francis of the C.S Paper works Business Centre; on or about February 20, 2020, at Sokoto, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, falsely obtained the total sum of N1m from one Olajide Misbahudeen, under the guise of investing the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria Treasury Bills, which you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence 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.”