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Fake telecoms agent arraigned in Gombe

17 April 2014, 18:23

Gombe - A bogus telecommunications agent has appeared in court for defrauding a young woman money claiming he could help her secure employment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Khalil Ahmed Bappah before Justice Babatunde Quadri of Federal High Court in Gombe following an incident that allegedly occurred last year.

Bappah was docked for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence in relation to a petition by Yusra Ali Babakusa, a female student of the Bayero University in Kano.

“Yusra alleged that sometime in April 2012, Bappah approached her posing as a GLO agent, promising he could help her become a GLO Ambassador through his contacts at Globacom. The accused subsequently obtained a total of N267 000 (two hundred and sixty seven thousand naira) from her, ostensibly to facilitate the appointment,” the commission added.

EFCC alleged Yusra forwarded a code number to her with assurances that she would soon be called as one of the eventual winners and GLO ambassador and told her to prepare for an interview trip to GLO head office in Lagos and to foreclose any suspicion.

He allegedly told her the journey had been paid for by GLO.

On the day earmarked for the journey, Bappah prompted her to wait for him, but stopped answering her calls after a while and eventually switched off his phone.

It was then she realised she had been conned.

Justice Quadri ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter to April 28 for commencement of trial.

– CAJ News

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