14 February 2013

Nigeria: EFCC Arraigns Suspected Fraudster

Lagos — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)has arraigned a suspected fraudster, Adepitan Olawale Opere, alias "skin money" before a Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja for fraudulently collecting the sum of N3.9 million from members of the public.

Opere, who is facing a 30-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and impersonation, was arraigned before Justice Lateefa Okunnu.

The anti graft agency told the court that around February 11, 2008 in Lagos, with intent to defraud, the accused obtained the sum of N90,000, from one Anibolo Nkemdilim through his Guaranty Trust Bank account number 9044408081590.

Counsel to the anti-graft agency, Ben Ubi, also

alleged that Opere impersonated by presenting himself as Wale James to defraud one Lisa Womack, a citizen of the United States of America of $1,400.

The defendant was also said to have forged a driver's license. But when the charges were preferred against him, he pleaded not guilty.

He was however granted bail in the sum of N7.5 million with two sureties in like sum.

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