Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a university student for defrauding a United Kingdom citizen vast amounts of foreign currency in an alleged romance scam.
Ebiechina Chikeluba has appeared before Justice Ipaye of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja on a 17-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, impersonation, forgery and using false documents.
It is alleged Chikeluba, who met his victim on Facebook using the false identity of, Lisa T. Jackson, a United States citizen, has been making monetary demands of his victims, using varies guises.
In one such alleged instance in March 2013, he obtained more than of £54 000 from one K. Oaks through Western Union on the pretext that he was an American woman dealing in Gold in Nigeria and needed money to increase her capital. The unsuspecting victim paid, having already agreed to marry the alleged conman.
He is pleading not guilty.
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In view of the plea of the accused, prosecution counsel, Andrew Akoja asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
The defence counsel, Chijioke Agu informed the court that he had already filed an application for bail and asked to be allowed to move his application.
However, Justice Ipaye adjourned the matter to July 20 for hearing of bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody.
Operatives of the EFCC arrested Chikeluba, 21, a student of Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, Lagos in February.
- CAJ News