EFCC arraigns five, including a pastor for alleged fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Kaduna zonal office, has arraigned Bashir Mohammed, Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Kayode, Rabiu Lawal, and Mmadu Matthew before Justice Mohammed Tukur of Kaduna State High Court, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing N466 million.
The acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, stated yesterday in Abuja that they were arrested following a petition by Polaris Bank, alleging that they hacked into the bank’s application and fraudulently increased the N781,000 in one of the customer’s bank accounts to N466 million.
One of the counts reads: “That you Bashir Abdullahi Mohammed, Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode, Rabiu Aliko Lawal, Mmadu Matthew Onyekachi, and others now at large, sometime in 2018 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction the high court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit theft of the sum of N466 million and you thereby committed an offense contrary to 58(1) of the Penal Code Law Kaduna State 2017 and punishable under Section 59(1) of the same law.”
The suspects pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Prosecuting counsel, Onyeka Ekweozor, thereafter asked the court to fix a date for “commencement of trial” and asked that they are remanded in EFCC custody.
“The defendants have separate charges before a Federal High Court pending arraignment, and not remanding them in prison custody will make it difficult for the prosecution to arraign them,” he said.
After arguments from counsel to the parties, Justice Tukur ordered that they are remanded in EFCC custody pending the determination of the bail applications, and adjourned till January 21.
The commission also arrested Anu Olakonori, the founder of Angel on Guard Ministries for alleged N27.9 million fraud.
According to Orilade, Olakonori was arrested following the victim’s petition that sometime in 2016, her pastor in Bauchi introduced her to the suspect for prayers and cleansing because of difficulties she was going through.
The suspect was said to have started demanding money from her, causing her to transfer N27,900,600 to him in different tranches.
Orilade added that investigation also revealed that the suspect used the said sum to purchase houses and cars for himself.
The self-acclaimed pastor will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, EFCC said.