… Scam him of $4,169
The suspects, Augustine Ekeson and Obinna Ureahl, were brought before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division, on three counts bordering on impersonation and obtaining under false pretences.
In a petition to the commission dated February 17, 2016, Akinbuluma detailed how the duo conspired to defraud him of the sum N875,490 in December 2015.
Akinbuluma, who got a grant from the premier university for the research work, said he had been in constant communication with the leadership of the centre before the accused hacked into his email account and took advantage of that to dupe him.
The offence, according to the charge sheet, is contrary to sections 1 (1)(b), 6 and 8 (b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Related Offences Act, 2006, and Section 22 (4)(a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015.
Consequently, the prosecution counsel, Babatunde Sonoiki, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendants in prison.
The court adjourned the case till June 20 for trial and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
@ Punch Newspaper