A sixty-year-old man, Charles Jide-Oni, who claimed to be a professor and lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement on Thursday that Jide-Oni was arraigned for allegedly obtaining money under false pretence and engaging in advance fee fraud.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the anti-graft agency’s Ibadan zonal office brought the ‘professor’ and 12 other internet fraud suspects before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the Federal High Court vacation judge for the south-west zone on Wednesday.
He explained that Jide-Oni’s arraignment was sequel to the EFCC’s findings of the activities of an illegal financial outfit he reportedly floated through which he allegedly swindled his victims of several millions of naira.
Some of the victims had earlier written a petition to the Commission which led to the investigations that indicted the suspect in the alleged fraudulent act, Uwujaren said.
Among the other suspects arraigned include Olaleye Kolapo, Madukife Azuka, Fatanmi Sunday, Adebayo Adeyinka, Adeleke Peter, and Adebowale Fadairo.
Others are Oyewunmi Michael, Bello Arikalam, Owolabi Toluope, Abdullahi Oluwatobi, Temitope Fatolu, and Adesina Adewale.
Uwujaren said Fatolu, however, opted for a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to a one-count amended charge of fraudulent impersonation when he was presented before the court.
He was subsequently sentenced to one-year imprisonment with effect from June 20, 2019, when he was arrested.
Fatolu, according to the EFCC spokesman, was also asked to return $500 through the Nigerian Government, to his victim and to equally forfeit his two smartphones and a laptop computer to the Federal government, being part of the benefit he derived from his fraudulent act.