Justice Muhammed Sanni of the Federal High Court, Ilorin has ordered the remand of a prominent Ilorin-based businessman, Chukwudubem Ezenwa, in the custody of Nigeria Correctional Centre pending the perfection of N1m bail condition on offences bothering on fraud.
The suspect was dragged to court by Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday alongside one of his accomplice, Adeleke Damilola.
Chukwudubem, who is the Managing Director of Chukwudubemapple Tech Limited, Ilorin was arraigned on five counts charges of conspiracy and internet fraud.
The alleged offence committed by the duo is said to be ccontrary to Section 27 and 33 of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention, Etc Act, 2015.
One of the charges reads:
“That you, Adeleke Damilola, Chukwudubeem Ezenwa between the month of August and November 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud and conspire amongst yourselves to obtain $10,000.00 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) from a credit card which does not belong to you through the use a cash App software device and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (b) read with 33(2)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Act) 2015 and punishable under same Section of the Act’’.
The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Blessing Akinsola asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendants in correctional centre pending the continuation of the case.
Justice Sanni granted the bail of defendants with the sum of N1million with one surety in like sum. The surety must have a landed property in G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara State with Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) which must be verified by the Kwara State Bureau of Land. In addition, the surety must deposit two passports and swear to an affidavit.
The trial judge has fixed October 22, 2021 for continuation of the case.