- A 21-year-old student of University of Ilorin has been charged to court by the EFCC
- Itanola Abdulsamad is facing a four-count charge on alleged internet fraud
- Arrested on Friday, October 2, the suspect pleaded "not guilty" prompting the presiding judge to order fresh case against him
Itanola Abdulsamad, a student of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in Kwara state, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged internet fraud.
According to a statement released by the commission, Abdulsamad will be charged to court on October 29 after he switched from “guilty” to “not guilty” plea on Tuesday, October 6.
EFCC stated that the suspect was facing 10-count charge on internet fraud which he earlier pleaded guilty to before changing his mind.
Arrested on Friday, October 2, Itanola, pleaded "not guilty" on his re-arraignment on an amended four-count charge, prompting the judge, Justice Oyinloye, to adjourn the matter in preparation for a fresh trial.
Legit.ng understands that the defendant’s counsel, Adewale Olatunde, told the presiding judge that his client (Abdulsamad) would like to change is guilty status to innocence.
Upon granting the defendant's plea, Justice Oyinloye ordered that a fresh trial should begin on the suspect on an amended four-count charge.
Part of the judgement read:
"That you, Itanola Abdulsamad, Popoola Afolami (at large) and Olayeni Yemi (at large) sometime between 2018 and 2019, at Ilorin within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, fraudulently induced several unsuspecting foreigners vide the internet to deliver to you digital currency from which you benefited $950 (Nine Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars) and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the fight against cybercrime and advanced fraud hit a big breakthrough as the operatives of EFCC arrested 32 cyber fraudsters.
The disclosure was contained in a statement issued by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, August 11, via a tweet on its official Twitter page.
EFCC said among the arrested fraudsters, three of them are serving corps members while 19 are undergraduates in Nigerian institutions.
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