*remanded in Correctional facility
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a 68-year old man over N25 million land scam
Arraigning the 68year old Ezekiel Oluwadare James before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under pretence, EFCC stated that the offence is contrary to Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
EFCC accused the 68-year-old man of fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,000,000 (Twenty-Five Million) from a victim for a plot of land.
When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty and Justice Ajoku adjourned the case till March 24, 2021, for hearing of the defendant’s bail application and April 26, 2021, for trial.
He ordered that the 68year old man be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Facility, Abolongo, Oyo town pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
Also on Monday, Justice Patricia Ajoku convicted Ajibola Hammed on one count amended charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under the same Act.
Ajibola Hammed in a classic love scam, presented himself as Jessica Mercy, a white woman, to one Juan Angle, an American man with whom he claimed to be deeply in love,
He pleaded guilty to the charge, having entered a plea agreement with the EFCC, culminating in the amendment of his charge.
In view of his plea, Justice Ajoku convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison. The court also ordered him to forfeit one Vivo 1906 phone to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.