EFCC arraigns ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ suspect over $8,900 love scam

The suspect is being arraigned for attempting to obtain money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, arraigned one Etchie Joseph before a Lagos High Court, Ikeja.

Mr. Joseph was arraigned on a three count charge for offences bordering on attempts to obtain money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents.

The accused was arrested by operatives of the EFCC at a cybercafé in Lagos for falsely presenting himself as Stanley Oberman and representing himself as a white man to one Veronica Pena.

Mr. Joseph claimed to be residing at LA Grange, KY 40031, United States of America.

In his statement, he confessed that he actually tried to defraud Ms. Pena but was not successful and was about to give up when he was arrested.

However, when the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty, prompting the prosecution counsel, Francis Usani, to ask the court to fix a date for trial.

The defence counsel, O. F. Latona, told the court that he had not filed any application for bail because they got the notice of the arraignment rather late.

He, therefore, pleaded for a short adjournment to argue the application.

The presiding judge, Adebisi Akinlade, scolded Mr. Latona for the request.

“You have not presented any document before the court, not even a bail application and you are talking about adjournment?” she said.

She adjourned the case till January 19, 2013 for hearing of bail application and ordered that the suspect be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum prison.


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