The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal office on Thursday 9 August, 2018 arraigned one Akomolehin Johnson Olusesan before Hon. Justice M. Abimbola, Chief Judge of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, on 21-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences, forgery and uttering.
Akomolehin’s arraignment followed a petition to the EFCC from a petitioner (name withheld) alleging that the defendant approached him that he could secure him a Canadian visa, which he paid him the sum of N1,350,000.00 as installments through his bank account domiciled in one of the new generation banks (name withheld) and later gave him the sum of N450,000.00 cash.
According to the petitioner, after payment the defendant gave him a Canadian visa which was discovered to be fake at the point of traveling to Canada and that all efforts made to get his money back proved abortive. Also, further investigations by the EFCC, revealed that more people where also scammed by the defendant totaling to over Three Million Naira.
Akomolehin however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
In view his plea, prosecution counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi prayed the court for a trial date and for the remand of the defendant in prison custody. However, counsel to the defendant, A. R. Daramola informed the court of an application for bail file this morning. However, Dr. Ubi told the court that he was just served in court this morning and needs time to respond.
Justice Abimbola however, adjourned the case to 16 August for hearing of bail applications. Meanwhile the defendant shall be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
The case is adjourned to 27 September for trial and the defendants shall be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.
One of the charge reads: That you, Akomolehin Johnson Olusesan on or about the 22nd of November, 2016, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N450,000.00 from Tajudeen Fatai Ojo by falsely pretending that it was the cost price of Canadian Visa you have secured for him and thereby committed an offence.