Internet fraudster arraigned by EFCC

A serial Internet fraudster who duped foreigner women of $9000 has been docked by the EFCC.

The Yahoo-Boy, Ighofose Oyoma

According to the anti-graft agency, Oyoma was arraigned on a 7-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretense.

In a statement signed by the Head, Media & Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, Oyoma was arrested sometime in May, 2015, in Calabar, Cross River State, following intelligence report on his involvement in Internet scams an during investigations, different scam mails which he used in defrauding his victims, mostly foreign women, by presenting himself as Mike Anderson, an American businessman, were recovered.

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In the statement, one of the charges read:

“That you, Ighofose Oyoma (a. k. a) Mike Anderson, on or about the month of May, 2014, at Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did conspire with one Bright Achi and Desmond (now at large), to commit felony to wit: obtaining money by false pretence, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 (b) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006."

When the charges were read to Oyoma, he pleaded not guilty, and the prosecution counsel, M.T. Iko, urged the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and to remand the defendant in prison custody.

Oyoma's defence counsel, O. W. Ewenode, informed the court that he had filed a summons for bail and served same on the prosecution.

Justice Obille adjourned the matter to 23rd May, 2016 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

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