The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned one Ighofose Oyoma before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State on a seven count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretense.
According to The Union, he was accused of defrauding his victim of $9,200. Ighofose was arrested sometime in May, 2015 in Calabar, Cross River state following intelligence report on his involvement in internet scams.
During investigation different scam mails which he used in defrauding his victims, mostly foreign women, by presenting himself as Mike Anderson, an American businessman, were recovered.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, M.T. Iko, urged the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and remand the defendant in prison custody. However, the defense counsel O. W. Ewenode, informed the court that he had filed a summons for bail and served same on the prosecution.
Justice Obille adjourned the matter to May 23, 2016 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday stormed the headquarters of Sterling Bank Plc in Lagos, a report this morning said.
The report said that the reason for the action was in connection with an undisclosed investigation.
“The operatives of the anti-graft agency quizzed the Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Yemi Adeola, for over two hours, but the details were not disclosed,” the report said.
“When contacted on the development, officials of the bank refused to confirm or deny the visit by the EFCC operatives,” the report further said.