Court remands 46-year-old, others for advance fee fraud

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A magistrate’s court in Ebonyi State has remanded in prison one Origbo Stephen and others for alleged advance fee fraud.

They were arraigned on Wednesday before an Abakaliki magistrate’s court on two counts bordering on fraud and felony.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Mbam Chinedu, told the court that the suspects committed the offence on June 23, 2019, at Ugwuechara village, in the Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, when they defrauded one Aloy Ogbonna.

Stephen and his accomplices were said to have defrauded Ogbonna of the sum of N1,350,000 under the pretext of procuring him an Australian visa.

According to the police prosecutor, the offences are punishable under sections 8 (c) and 1 (a) (2) (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

The charge read, “That you, Origbo Stephen, and others now at large, on the same date and place in the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: Advance Fee Fraud, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 8 (c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006.

“That you, Origbo Stephen, and others now at large, on the same date and place in the jurisdiction of this honorable court, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N1,350,000 from one Aloy Sunday Ogbonna, with the pretext of procuring travel documents and an Australian visa for him, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 1 (a) (2) (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”

The Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison pending when their case file would be re-assigned to enable them to take their plea before the court.

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