A lecturer of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, named Opashola Abdullahi has been arraigned by EFCC on a one count charge bordering on romance scam.
Opashola Abdullahi, who presented himself as Devin Snow sometime in the month of August 2020 in Ilorin, in an attempt to cheat by personation, portrayed himself as a female via his email address email@example.com to one Eugene Myvett in order to induce him to send $200 USD to him.
However, Opashola was arrested in Offa on September 14, 2020 among other 32 internet fraud suspects. His offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, February 8, 2021 arraigned him before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.
The Counsel to EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led by Paul Kera, an operative of EFCC narrated how activities of internet fraudsters operating in Offa area of Kwara State led to the arrest of the defendant.
“Our findings revealed that the defendant created an email address which he was using to defraud unsuspecting victims. During a search executed in his house, we recovered an Infinix Nokia phone which he used as instrumentality of the crime.
“The defendant was taken to our Office, where he volunteered his statement”, Kera told the court.
Documents including copies of his statements, two computer attestation forms, an Infinix phone recovered from the defendant as well as the fraudulent messages printed out of his email account were tendered and admitted in evidence.
The embattled lecturer pleaded ‘guilty’ when the charge was read to him.
Thereafter, Akoja urged the court to convict the defendant based on his plea and evidence placed before it.
Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witness from the witness box fixed February 23, 2021 for judgment.
“The defendant is to remain in EFCC custody pending judgment”, the judge added.