A graduate of Insurance from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Akeredolu Oluwafemi Temidayo, was on Friday arraigned before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division for an alleged involvement in internet fraud.
Akeredolu a.k.a. Susan Henderson is being prosecuted by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), on a three count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, possession of fraudulent documents and forgery.
According to the charge sheet, the offence contravened Sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, as well as Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17. Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The commission alleged that the accused had been posing online as a woman under the name Susan Henderson through which he fraudulently obtained gift cards worth $300 from one Ross Kirkley.
The commission further stated that investigations carried out after his arrest revealed that the accused had obtained sundry amounts totalling about $6000 from other unsuspecting victims using the same gimmick.
However, when the charges were read to him, Akeredolu, pleaded not guilty.
After taking his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Mabas Mabur, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the accused in prison custody.
However, Akeredolu’s counsel, Toyese Owoade, moved an oral application praying the court to admit him to bail or be returned to the EFCC custody if the bail application would not granted.
Mabur, opposed both prayers, arguing that since the defendant was already before the court, it was only appropriate that he was remanded in prison custody.
After listening to both parties, the presiding judge, Justice Abdulmalik, adjourned the case to May 17 for trial and presentation of formal bail application for consideration.
The accused was ordered to be remanded in prison.