EFCC accuses Nigerian of wire fraud N88m, says full detention center

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken Amusa Abiodun Azeez to court for wire fraud.

Azeez faces charges bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and withholding the proceeds of criminal conduct in the amount of N88,187,773.

The EFCC is prosecuting him before Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Crimes Court.

In one of the charges, Azeez, on October 24, 2021 and on August 20, 2022 in Lagos, withheld the money in his First Bank account: 3085787943, despite being “the product of various cyber and internet crimes”.

The suspect is accused of using his email, [email protected] linked to his mobile phone number 09064668567, to commit fraud by posing as an American soldier serving in Afghanistan.

Azeez, who claimed his name was “John Wallace”, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when read to him.

Counsel for the prosecution, SO Daji, asked for a trial date and prayed that the court would leave the defendant in a correctional facility.

“The EFCC facilities are overloaded,” Daji told the judge.

Defense attorney, O. Ajanaku, submitted an oral request for bail; the prosecution objected.

Judge Taiwo postponed the session until November 4, 2021 to hear the request for bail and ordered the preventive detention of Azeez in the custody of EFCC.

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