The Ibadan Zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan on a single count allegation of collecting money under false pretence.
Fakule offered to help his victim get admission to a US institution for a cost of N800,000 in 2017. However, after collecting a deposit of N300,000, the victim received neither the promised admission nor a return of the deposit paid.
The charge reads: “That you Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola on 6th of December,2017, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) ) only from Oladejo Timothy Olusola, through your account domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc, with account number 2013788397, when you falsely represented to him that you can secure admission for him at a university in the United States of America, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”
The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Fakunle pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.
Sanusi Galadanchi, counsel for the EFCC, told the court that he was ready for the trial to begin based on his plea, but the defendant, through his lawyer, requested a date for the consideration of his bail application.
Justice Taiwo placed the defendant in EFCC custody and postponed the case until August 19, 2021, to hear the bail motion.