Cyber Crime: 3 Men arraigned for impersonating Aisha Buhari

The alleged impostor of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari, were on Monday, November 19 arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court.

The impostor: Uche Julius a.k.a Musa Mohammed who was recently arrested by the police has been remanded in prison custody by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court Lagos.

The 48-years-old, Julius was arraigned alongside two others defendants, Kenneth Chikwado Ezeonu a.k.a Abdul Karim and Agu Ifeanyi George  a.k.a Dr. Lina Norman on 16-count charge bordering on cyber crime.

Out of the 16-count charge preferred against the trio, Count 1-10  was for Julius on his alleged activities of using the First Lady’s name (Aisha Buhari)  to defraud his victims.

In the charge before the court, Julius, a resident of 10 Hassan Street Aguda Surulere Lagos and other at large , on August 8,  2018, with alleged  intent to defraud sent forged electronic message to one Eng. Gmenezes ,  with the subject , Attention :Geraldo Francisco Menezes, purporting same to have been sent by Aisha Buhari in respect of immediate payment of notification of $20, 500, 000. 00 equivalent of #7, 44, 000, 000. 00.
Count 11-14, was for Ezeonu aka Abdul Karim ,  the 45-years- old defendant who resides at  No 4a , Alhaji Kayode Street Aguda,  Surulere Lagos, was on September 22, 2018 at his residence allegedly sent forged electronic message to one Muhammed Satti  relating to the nomination of the said Mohammed Satti as the beneficiary of $14, 800, 000. 00 which he knew to be false.

While count 15-16 of the charge was against George  a.k.a Dr. Lina Norman, the 48 – years – old defendant resides at No 4a, Alhaji Kayode Close Aguda Surulere Lagos, he was also alleged to have sent forged electronic message to one Grzegorz Suewierski relating to him being in a refugee camp due to a battle that the defendant and his kids to the camp, a representation knew to be false but did so with intent to stealing $15, 500, 000. 00 foment him.

The prosecutor, Boniface Asogwa told the court that the offences committed by the three defendants are punishable under Sections 14 ( 3) of the Cyber crime  (Prohibition Prevention ETC) Act 2015.

The defendants who have no legal representation in court but the court proceeded to take their plea on the charge and they pleaded not guilty.

After the plea of the defendants were taken by the court,  the prosecution, Asogwa asked the court for a trial date, and also pleaded with judge to remand them in prison custody pending their trial.

In a short ruling on prosecution application, the judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the conclusion of their trial and fixed January 18

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