JUSTICE P.I. Ajoku of Federal High Court, Ibadan, has remanded three suspected internet fraudsters; Bamidele Adegboyega, A.K.A Romola Cliffor, Paul Damilola-Olowoparija, A.K.A Kathleel Sandra-Samuel and Israel Olaleye, A.K.A Samuel Precious for allegedly committing various cybercrime fraud.
In separate arraignments, Ajoku ordered each of the defendants to be remanded in Agodi Prisons after they pleaded not guilty to charges against them.
The judge adjourned hearing on the bail applications of each of the defendants until March 11 and March 15.
Earlier, Mr Mabas Mabur, the Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, had informed the court that the three men are facing a 14-count charge bordering on impersonation and money laundering.
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Mabur added that Adegboyega, Olowoparija and Olaleye separately committed the crime in 2018 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
According to the counsel, the suspected internet fraudsters specialised in sending pornographic or indecent images to their unsuspecting victims so as to defraud them.
He further said that the three men had through their pictures at various times, presented themselves as citizens of the United States of America in urgent need of medical attention to some people abroad.
He added that the defendants had also created fake Email addresses to achieve their fraudulent activities.
Mabur pointed out that the suspects operated using different fake names.
He explained that “while Adegboyega changed his name to Romola Clifford, Olowoparija changed his name to Kathleel Sandra-Samuel and Olaleye changed his name to Samuel Precious.
“Each of them had obtained various sums of money ranging from N4 million to N7 million from their victims,” the EFCC counsel said.