The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, April 1, 2019, arraigned an individual identified as Ismail Yunus before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court 2, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Yunus was arraigned before Justice Abdulmalik on an Eight-count charge bordering on Advance Free Fraud for obtaining money by false pretense and sending pornographic images, among others while posing as a nude woman and using such as a bait to defraud unsuspecting victims in the process.
According to findings associated with Yunus, he allegedly defrauded two American citizens identified as Steve Harvey and David Beeck respectively, at different times, claiming to be the woman in the pornographic images to defraud his victims of their money.
One of the counts reads: “That you Ismail Yunus sometime in 2018, at Oyo town, Oyo state, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $70 USD (Seventy United State of America Dollars), only from Steve Harvey, a United State of American Citizen when you falsely represented that you a woman (knox Ruby from Dayton Ohio, United State of America), which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 1(1)(a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offenses Act 2006”.
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Meanwhile, the accused, Yunus, pleaded not guilty to the offenses when read to him.
Also,as regards his ‘not guilty’ plea, the prosecution counsel led by one Shamsudden Bahir, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the accused person in prison custody pending the determination of his case.
The defense counsel led by one Okunyemi Tajudeen, made an oral bail application on behalf of his client, the accused, but the judge refused to grant his request.
The Judge thereafter adjourned the matter to May 14, 2019 for trail, while the defendant was to be remanded in the Agodi prison custody.