One Ebiechina Chikeluba (aka Lisa T. Jackson) has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday June 15, before Justice O. A. Ipaye of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja, on a 17-count charge bordering on obtaining money by pretence, impersonation, forgery and using false document.
Reports say Chikeluba who met his victim on Facebook, using the false identity of Lisa T. Jackson, a United States citizen, was making monetary demands of his victims, using various guises.
Chikeluba, 21, a student of Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos was arrested by EFCC operatives on February 24, 2015 for allegedly swindling Oaks, a UK citizen, of the sum of £54,000 (equivalent of N20m).
According to EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwjaren, “in one such instance in March 2013, Chikeluba obtained a total sum of £54,324.59 from one K. Oaks through Western Union on the pretext that he was an American woman dealing in gold items in Nigeria and needed money to increase her capital. The unsuspecting victim paid, having already agreed to marry the conman.”
When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel, Andrew Akoja asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. The defence counsel, Chijioke Agu informed the court that he has already filed an application for bail and asked to be allowed to move his application.
However, Justice Ipaye adjourned the matter to July 20, 2015, for hearing of bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody.
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