Two suspected fraudsters have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for defrauding an Australian, Flora Veith, to the tune of over $12,000.
The suspects had deceived to Ms. Veith into believing that the said sum represented part of the delivery cost of the sum of $1, 300,00 USD “Lottery Money” .
Messrs Ayanlaja and Atirene were arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on an 18-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money under false pretenses contrary to section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the 18-count charges.
One of the charges reads- “Abiola Ayanlaja (a.ka. Elvis Wells), Michael Atirene and Chidi (a.k.a Emmanuel Nicky) still at large on or about the 19th day of May,
2011 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the sum of $6,047.77(Six Thousand Forty Seven United States of America Dollars Seventy-Seven Cents) from Flora A. Veith of Australia by falsely representing to her that the said sum represented part of the delivery cost of the sum of $1,300,00 USD “Lottery Money” which representation you knew to be false.”
The prosecution counsel, Abosede Bosede, prayed the court to give a date for the commencement of trial, assuring that the prosecution is ready with all information and witnesses needed for trial. She also asked the court to remand the two suspects in prison custody.
“In view of the plea of the defendants I will be asking for a trial date and they should be remanded in prison custody.’’
But counsel to the first defendant, M. M Duwa said his client had just filed an application for bail.
He asked the court to allow for argument on the application.
However, the EFCC counsel objected to the request. She said the bail application was just served to her in court and she would require time to respond to it.
The judge, Mr. Onigbanjo then fixed July 5 for hearing of the bail application and remanded the accused persons in Kirikiri Maximum Prison.