Crime: Man remanded in prison over alleged N30m internet fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Wednesday ordered that one Onifade Gideon Idowu; remanded in prison pending when they decide the case of alleged fraud filed against him.

Idowu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on a five-count charge bordering on forgery, fake representation, obtaining money under false pretence and internet-related offences.

The anti-graft spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Uwujaren further explained, “He had explored the internet through series of fake representations; to illegally receive over N30 million (Thirty Million Naira); and other sums in foreign currencies from victims of his fraudulent activities across the world.”

One of the charges reads: “That you Onifade Gideon Idowu (a.k.a Melina Seekng, Melina Shelly James) sometime between the year 2017-2019 at Ibadan, Oyo State; within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court took possession of the sum of N30,000,000 (Thirty Million Naira) paid into your account with UBA Bank Plc with account number – 2091840941 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of wit: fraud, and thereby committed an offence to section 15 (2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

But the accused reportedly pleaded not guilty on the premise of which, counsel to the EFCC, Murtala Usman; prayed the court for trial date and order to remand the defendant in prison custody.

In his ruling, presiding Justice Patricia Ajoku granted the prayer and adjourned the case to November 4, for trial.

He, therefore, ordered that Onifade remanded in the Agodi prison.

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