EFCC ARRESTS MAN IN PORT HARCOURT OVER 425MIL INTERNET FRAUD

Nimot Sulaimon

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a suspected internet fraudster, Samuel Akunomah before Justice A.T.Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He was arraigned on August 6, 2021, on 45-counts bordering on internet fraud, impersonation and obtaining money under the pretence to the tune of Four Hundred and Twenty- Five Million Naira only (N 425,000, 000).

One of the counts reads: “That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious Okeren (still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at Large) Austin Chibike (still at Large) Charemon Golden (still at large) sometime in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, directly took possession of the sum of Forty-One Million Naira (N 41,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

Another count reads: “That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious Okeren (still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at large) Austin Chibike (still at large) Charemon Golden (still at large) sometime in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, directly took possession of the sum of Thirty-Four Million Naira (N 34,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”MAN

 

Given his plea, prosecution counsel, S.M.H. Ibekute prayed the court to remand the defendant in Port Harcourt’s Correctional Centre pending the commencement of trial.

However, defence counsel, Daninagbo Davies opposed the prayer of the prosecution and sued for his bail.

Justice Mohammed reserved a ruling on the bail application but ordered his remand in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending the determination of his application.

Earlier in June, he was arrested by the EFCC at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt following some established intelligence linking him with internet fraud and other internet-related activities.

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