EFCC Indicts 11 Oau Students Over Internet Fraud Charges

EFCC Indicts 11 Oau Students Over Internet Fraud Charges

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought eleven students from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, for their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The students are facing various charges, with nine of them being arraigned on one count each, and two of them, Perekebena Olombeni Micah and Aghwaritoma Wisdom Obaro, facing six counts each. The charges involve fraudulent impersonation and gaining advantages through false identities, in violation of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

Upon their arraignment, all the students pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, requested trial dates and the remand of the defendants in a Correctional Centre.

In response, defense counsels for Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye, and Okesipe informed the court about their bail applications and urged the court to grant bail to their clients. Justice Ayo-Emmanuel granted bail to Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye, and Okesipe, with specific bail conditions. They were required to provide sureties who must be close relatives, depose to affidavits of means, and provide verifiable residential and office addresses.

The judge adjourned the matters for trial to November 29 and December 12, 2023, and remanded the defendants at the Ilesha Correctional Centre in Osun State until their bail conditions are met.

These students were part of a group of 69 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in November 2023 at Oduduwa Estate in Ile-Ife, Osun State, following actionable intelligence regarding their alleged involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities.

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