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Graduate up for impersonating public officials

14 February 2014, 07:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - A 34 year-old graduate has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja on a four-count charge bordering on fraud and impersonation.

Anthony Ezechukwu, an of International Relations and Management graduate is alleged to specialize in cloning of Facebook accounts of high profile persons with the intention of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. Among those he allegedly cloned their accounts are Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Dame Abimbola Fashola, wife of the Lagos State governor, Hajia Aisha Bala Mohammed, wife of Senator Bala Mohammed, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and Jamilah Tangaza, Executive Director, Abuja Geographical Information System.

Part of the charge sheet read, “That you, Anthony Ezechukwu on or about 28th day of November, 2013 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, opened a false online Facebook account to in the name of one Jamilah Tangaza, the Executive Director, Abuja Geographical Information System, containing false pretence purporting that you have been appointed by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed to take control of all lands and houses sale in the FCT and attempted to obtain money from the general public, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

Justice Chukwu adjourned the case to February 27 while ordering that the accused person be remanded in prison custody.

– CAJ News

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