From Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State has given the order to remand nine suspected internet fraudsters in Ado-Ekiti prison, pending the hearing of the criminal charges filed against them.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding Judge and designated vacation Judge for the Federal High Court in the Southwest, gave the order, when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, arraigned the suspects before the court.
The suspects are Jejelowo Blessing, Charles Ilesanmi Omobolade, Adelanke Adesola Abiodun, Jejelowo Samson Olanrewaju and Quadri Adewale Ayuba.
Others are, Raphael Sunday, Omoniyi Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Adebola Kazeem Adeyemi and Adeyeye Rasheed.
Pleaded not guilty
The suspected fraudsters were charged for sundry internet related offences including obtaining money by false pretence, impersonation and being in possession of forged and fraudulent documents, to defraud unsuspecting foreigners.
The accused persons were arrested during a raid carried out in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, by operatives of the Commission on July 8, 2019.
The suspects pleaded not-guilty to their respective charges when read to them.
Consequent upon the not-guilty plea, the EFCC legal team, led by Dr Ben Ubi, prayed the court for trial dates and order to remand the suspects in Ado Ekiti prison.
The court granted the remand prayer, and also fixed two different dates for the hearing cases against the suspects.
September 23, 2019 was fixed for the trial of Jejelowo Blessing, Charles Ilesanmi Omobolade and Adelanke Adesola Abiodun, while Jejelowo Samson Olanrewaju, Quadri Adewale Ayuba, Rapheal Sunday, Omoniyi Ifeoluwa Ajayi, Adebola Kazeem Adeyemi and Adeyeye Rasheed would answer to their criminal charges on September 25, 2019.