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Court Remands Alleged Fraudster Over N160m Internet Fraud

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Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded an alleged fraudster, Abiola Kayode Malik in prison for allegedly obtaining the sum of N160 million from his victims under false pretence.

Justice Obiozor ordered that Malik be kept in custody after he was arraigned before him alongside his company MIKA Resources Nigeria Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a four-count charge of obtaining by false pretence, retention of proceeds of crime and impersonation.

The EFCC, through its lawyer, Mrs Zainab Ettu alleged that Malik on or about April 9, 2018 in Lagos retained the sum N17.1 million in his Zenith Bank Account No. 1014100171 which he knew or reasonable ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of on unlawful act.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that the accused persons also between December 18, 2014 and April 4, 2018 took possession of the sum of N143.1 million in his Zenith Bonk Account Number 1014100171 contrary to Section 15(2) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the some Act.

The accused persons were also accused of acquiring a Mercedes Benz C300 2015 Model with Registration Number KJA 464 EV valued N14 million which property he knew or reasonably ought to have known that the said property forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: obtaining by false pretence.

The commission also alleged that Malik fraudulently impersonated one Daniel Dwayne and accordingly created on email address “danieldwayne011@yahoo.com with intent to gain advantage for himself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)(0) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the some Act.

The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After the arraignment, the EFCC counsel, Mrs. Ettu, urged the court to remand the accused person in prison.

However, the defence counsel informed the court that he has a pending application for the bail for his client and that he would like to move the application, but the prosecutor pleaded for more time to file a counter affidavit to the application.

After listening to both parties, Justice Obiozor adjourned the matter till October 22 for hearing of the bail application, the judge consequently ordered that the defendants be remanded in Ikoyi prison.





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