Abuja - An alleged bogus Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission operative who was part of a syndicate that
defrauded a man with the false promise of quashing investigations the
commission had instituted against him has been arraigned.
Edward Abiodun has appeared before Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe State
High Court on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy, personation and
obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused person and his accomplices, Murtala Bello and
Esther Momoh (who are now at large), had allegedly claimed to be staff members
of the EFCC, Abuja office, in order to dupe one Umar Bello.
The complainant alleged that Bello had in March phoned
him, assuring him that the syndicate could ‘kill’ the purported petition
written against him, if he could pay the sum of N10 million.
Consequently, Bello was said to have sent the phone
number of Momoh who claimed to be a Principal Detective Superintendent, PDS,
with EFCC to the victim for further discussion on how the money could be paid
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The complainant also alleged that the suspects offered to
collect N300 000 from him when he could not raise the initial N10million.
He further said that one ‘Laolu Adegbite’, who claimed to
be the officer handling his purported case, sent an SMS summoning him to appear
before the Commission.
Owing to the persistent threat by members of the
syndicate, he allegedly paid N50 000 into Abiodun’s account.
Worried by the persistent threat from the syndicate over
the balance the victim petitioned the EFCC, whose operatives eventually
arrested the accused.
The accused person is pleading not guilty.
Justice Iliya has adjourned the matter to October
26 for hearing of bail application
- CAJ News