Lagos - Two men have appeared at the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin for allegedly swindling a Belgian nurse of €61 500.
Gabriel Osereme Xavi (alias Collins Page) and Aikhaituamen Best Junior Cyrilon, are facing charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the two suspected fraudsters.
While Xavi was slammed with a 12-count charge, Aikhaituamen was docked on 6-count charge.
The duo however pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were read to them.
The accused persons are alleged to have fleeced a 49 year-old Belgian nurse, Goryczka Janina, whom they met on Facebook, of the sum of €55 500 Euros.
The victim allegedly met one of the accused persons sometime in January, 2014, who introduced himself as “Collins Page”, a Croatian Engineer resident in Wigan, England.
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Within days of their meeting, “Page” contacted her with the story that he was in Nigeria to supervise a construction project in Edo State and that he was having difficulty with his credit card as it had been blocked for security reasons.
He solicited Janina’s assistance for desperate cash.
Over the next few weeks, Janina kept sending him money until she had transferred a total of €61 500 through one Emmanuel Okoh based in Cape Town, South Africa and Messrs Junior Best and Cyril Ojiemen.
When ‘Page’ pressurized her for more money, Janina confided in a friend who told her that she might have fallen into the hands of scammers.
Justice Ikponmwen adjourned the case to December 8 for consideration of bail applications and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
- CAJ News