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EFCC arraigns man for alleged $5m, N800m cyber security fraud

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EFCC re-arraigns American for defrauding 3 Nigerians of $1.2m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a man, Opeoluwa Sennaike, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, for alleged five million dollars and N800 million cyber security fraud.

Our correspondent reports that Sennaike was arraigned alongside his firm, Sennaike Consulting Ltd. on a six-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, forgery, stealing and possession of false documents.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

EFCC alleges that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sums from unsuspecting members of the society.

After the arraignment, counsel to EFCC, Mr Ahmed Yerima, prayed the court for a trial date, adding that it should remand the defendant.

Defence counsel, Mr Akeem Akinroye, however, made an oral application for the bail of the defendant.

Akinroye said that the defendant would not run away.

Justice Olubusola Okunuga held that the court needed a formal bail application.

Okunuga ordered that the defendant should be kept at the Ikoyi custodial facility pending his formal bail application.

The judge adjourned the case until June 28 for commencement of trial.

The EFCC alleges that the defendant deceitfully obtained an aggregate sum of five million dollars from unsuspecting members of the public, who thought that the sum was an investment for protection of a developed cyber security software for onward delivery to the U.S.

The commission also alleges that the defendant fraudulently collected an aggregate sum of N800 million from Messrs Olugbenga Ojo and Benson Ogungbamiwa, as well as other unsuspecting members of the public, who understood the sum to be an investment for the protection of a developed cyber security software for onward delivery to the U.S.

It also claims that the defendant forged a document printed from his laptop and entitled “Executive Office of the President of The United States”, dated Nov. 2, 2021.

The commission alleges that the defendant also printed other documents containing forged conversations made between Kamala Harris, representative of the Government of the U.S. and Mr Olugbemiga Ojo, President of Langberg Inc. in order to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 6, 8 (b) 1 (3), 363 (3) (d) and(e) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act of 2006, and Section 278 (2) (a) and (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Adenike Ayodele

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