EFCC Arraigns Social Media Influencer Over Alleged Possession of Fraudulent Documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a self-acclaimed social media influencer, Adedamola Adewale Rukayat (a.k.a Adeherself) before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

Solebo was apprehended by the antigraft agency following intelligence report on the activities of some young men allegedly involved in internet fraud in the Lekki axis of Lagos State.

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The count read: “That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, on or about the 15th day of June 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents titled “WhatsApp” which representations you knew or ought to have known, was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 (8)(b) and 1 (3)(d) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

Ade herself was arrested with an accomplice in Lekki

After pleading not guilty to the charge, the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed that she be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), while the defence counsel informed the court of a pending bail application for his client and also prayed for a short date to enable its hearing.

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Justice Solebo, therefore, adjourned the matter to July 13, 2020, for the hearing of the bail application while the defendant was also ordered to be remanded in the EFCC custody.

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