The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today docked one Christian Efe Oyovweyho alias Femi Adesina before Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court Kano on a two count charge of Obtaining by False Pretence.
Oyovweyho allegedly impersonated the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in order to obtain N300,000 from a professor of Economics in Bayero University, Kano, Dalhatu Mohammed Galadanci, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
According to the complainant, sometime in July 2016, Oyovweyho sent him a text, claiming to be the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
He fraudulently claimed that the name of the professor had been forwarded for appointment in the presidency and that he was searching for a better office for the complainant. Subsequently, the defendant asked the complainant to pay a sum of N300, 000 in order to facilitate his appointment in Nigeria Port Authority or Nigeria Railway Corporation and Rural Electrification.
It was at this point that the don became suspicious and reported the case to the commission.
One of the counts read that “ You Christian Efe Oyovweyho alias Femi Adesina and another (now at large) on or about 16th day of July, 2016 at Kano, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court Kano with intent to defraud attempted to obtain the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from Professor Dalhatu Mohammed Galadanci through your Zenith Bank Account with Account number: 2173729401, under the false pretence that the money was meant for a juicy appointment in Abuja , which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty of the charge.
In view of the plea of the defendant, prosecution counsel, Musa Isah requested a date for trial.
Counsel representing the defendant, T.M Oyedema however brought a motion for bail, praying the court should admit his client for bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.
Justice Zainab granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
The case has been adjourned till 11 April, 2017 for commencement of trial, while the defendant remains in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.