Court Remands Undergraduate Over Fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has ordered that one Daramola Olawole, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of his bail application.

The accused person was arraigned on July 2, 2012 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on a 4- Count charge for allegedly defrauding one Rev. Jeffrey Ramsey when he  fraudulently presented himself as a custom agent.

According to the complainant, he fell prey to the suspect’s fraudulent activities when he responded to an internet advertisement posted by Daramola in which some cars were displayed for sale at the cost of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) each. When the complainant offered to buy four of the cars, Daramola demanded for custom duty from him. The complainant said he paid the sum of N80, 000.00 (Eighty Thousand Naira) into Daramola’s UBA account number 006780024414 in two instalments. After the payment was made, Rev. Ramsey waited to no avail for his cars.

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The defence counsel, P.N.J Okenwa appealed to the court to admit his client to bail as he was preparing to write his examination.

But prosecution counsel, Ene Kenechukwu told the court that he was served with the bail application at 9am on the day of arraignment and asked for time to enable him respond to it. In addition, he urged court to remand the accused person in prison custody.

Justice Mohammed granted the prosecution’s request and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to July 10, 2012.

However, the bail application could not be heard on July 10, 2012 as the judge was said to be indisposed.