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EFCC Arraigns Suspected Internet Fraudster in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Onwe Onyedika Prince before Justice Mohammed Garba  Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, for offences bordering on internet fraud.

Specifically, he was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and fraudulent impersonation.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Onwe Onyedika Prince between January and July 2022 at Enugu, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High  Court with intent to defraud, had in your possession a document, which to your knowledge, contained a false pretence in which you assumed the person of one Jamie Johnson and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. In view of his plea,  counsel to the EFCC, Ajobiewe Rotimi Enitan, prayed the court for a trial date “to enable the prosecution to prove its case. We have just two witnesses my Lord”, he said. He also prayed the court to remand the defendant at the Enugu State Correctional facility.

However, defence counsel, O. A. U. Onyema made an application for bail and prayed the court to “passionately grant him bail”. Enitan vehemently opposed the bail application on the grounds that the defendant was a flight risk.

After listening to both sides, Justice Umar adjourned the matter to April 16, 2024, for a ruling on the bail application. The defendant was remanded at the Enugu State Correctional facility.

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