MAN, 6 OTHERS ARRESTED FOR INTERNET FRAUD
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, (Nigeria Anti-graft agency) on Thursday, arraigned one Ogbonna Henry Onyebuchi before Justice Ibrahim Watila of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a 2-count charge bordering on forgery and fraud.
Onyebuchi was arrested alongside six others suspected to be “yahoo boys” at Rumuagholu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 6 August 2016, by operatives of the EFCC, following intelligence report on their alleged involvement in the internet-related scam.
Phones and other fraudulent documents were recovered from them at the point of arrest. Meanwhile, the six others arrested with Onyebuchi have been charged separately.
Count one of the charge reads:
“That you Ogbonna Henry Onyebuchi on or about the 6th August, 2016, at Rumuagholu Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud and in order to facilitate the commission of a crime did forge a National Drivers Licence with Number PHC03150AA02 in the name of Samson Dike with the Intent that it may be acted upon as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Adams Osu asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial.
However, counsel to the defendant, P. O. K. Osuji, told the court that he had filed a bail application for his client and served same on the prosecution. He urged the court to grant his prayers. Osu acknowledged his application and did not oppose it.
Justice Watila granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) and one surety in like sum, the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
Also, the surety must depose to an affidavit of means with his passport photograph affixed to the affidavit. Another sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira only) must be deposited to the court registry pending trial and the address of the surety must be verified by the court registrar.
The judge adjourned the matter to 4 July 2017 for trial and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail.
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