- Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, a final year accounting student of Ekiti State University, is sent to prison in Ibadan for alleged fraud
- His remand follows an arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
- He pleads not guilty to allegation of impersonating an American Army officer to defraud victims
The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, a final year accounting student of Ekiti State University, before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Yemi was arraigned on Thursday, April 26, on a five-count charge bordering on alleged advanced fee fraud and money laundering.
According to the EFCC, the travail of Babatunde, 31, followed a petition alleging that he engages in internet love and romance scams.
NAIJ.com learnt that he allegedly posesd on the internet as an American Army officer by the name Dennis Martinez serving in Libya.
The defendant allegedly engaged unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money.
The last victims were two ladies from Australia who he allegedly obtained money to the tune of about $500 from in tranches, according to the EFCC.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The EFCC counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi, then applied for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Defence counsel, Olatunde Adeoye, informed the court of an application for bail dated and filed today, 26 April, 2018.
He thereafter prayed the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC's custody pending the hearing of his bail application.
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Justice Abdulmalik however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the federal prison, Agodi, pending the hearing of his application.
The case was adjourned to May 8, 2018 for hearing of the bail application.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the lawmaker representing Delta North in the Senate, Peter Nwaoboshi, who had been detained for days by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, April 25.
According to the charge sheet, Nwaoboshi is charged alongside two companie, Golden Touch Construction Projects Ltd, and Suiming Electricals Ltd on a two-count charge of money laundering.
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