The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, on Monday arraigned one Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan on a four-count charge bordering on obtaining property under false pretence.
Afolabi, who operated through the name William Sharon was arrested in Ibadan by operatives of the Commission after receiving an intelligence report dated May 10, 2018.
In the said report, Afolabi and other suspects were alleged to be members of a syndicate that dupe people on the internet.
The petitioner had accused them of deploying fake information to obtain iTunes GiftCard and Amazon Cards from foreigners.
The offence runs contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
Afolabi pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him.
After his plea, counsel to EFCC, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleman prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.
But the defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun filed a bail application on behalf of his client which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose.
Justice Ajoku adjourned till July 3 the ruling on the bail application and fixed September 30 for the commencement of trial.
She ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until the court decided on his bail application.