One of the suspects listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Joseph Oyediran, was on Thursday arraigned before a Kwara State High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Oyediran, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arraigned on five counts bordering on Internet fraud and other related offences and obtaining money under false pretences.
It was gathered that the 36-year-old benefited about N60m from Internet fraud via the use of Western Union Money Transfer.
The charges read in part, “That you, Joseph Oyediran, aka Joe MG and Morris Graves, sometime in May 2015, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N1,421,968 from one Andrea Smith, a white American woman, on the false pretext that you were Joe MG, a white American man in love with her, a representation you knew to be false and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud-related Offences Act No.14 of 2006.”
In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecuting counsel, Sesan Ola, who prayed the court to give a trial date to allow the prosecution to prove its case, urged the judge to remand Oyediran in prison.
The presiding judge, Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar, adjourned the matter till October 9 for the commencement of trial.