Three suspected internet fraudsters have on Monday been remanded by a High Court in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The Ilorin Zonal office of the EFCC arraigned the three persons on alleged offences bordering on internet fraud before Justice M. Abdulgafar.
The suspects are Akeem Mustapha, Murtala Rasheed and Abolarin Samuel Sunday.
They were charged as followed: “That you, Murtala Rasheed ( Alias; Oluwakayode Adebayo) sometimes in February 2019, at Ilorin, within the jEFCC, High Courthhudicial division of the High Court, with the intent to defraud, had in your possession a document containing false pretence, to with; mail tagged sugar baby from which you sent on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from your acclaimed email email@example.com to one firstname.lastname@example.org while acting as Murtala Rasheed containing format for defrauding sugar babies by promising to place them on weekly pay of 500 pounds and sending a cheque of £3,650 and they getting the difference of £3,150, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6 and 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud-related offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section one of the same act.”
They all pleaded not guilty to the separate charges levelled against them by the anti-graft body.
Meanwhile, earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja said that “in view of the plea of the accused persons, we urge the court to give a date for trial to enable us prove our case. We also pray your lordship to remand the accused persons in prison custody.”
Responding, defence counsel, S.O Babakebe told the court that “my Lord, we have approached the complainant about plea bargain agreement, we urge you to give a short date and remand my clients in EFCC custody.”
Justice Abdulgafar, however, adjourned the case till 26th of June 2019 for report on plea bargain.
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