EFCC Arraigns Two For Trying To Swindle Senator Ogbeha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned the duo of Abiodun Akorede, aka Kwesi Mensah; and Sherif Ajaga , aka Rowland Komolafe, for attempting to dupe a former Military Administrator and a former member of the National Assembly, Senator Tunde Ogbeha.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice H.U. Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

The two men were said to have been arrested by operatives of the EFCC following a petition by Ogbeha.

The senator had alleged that the men were attempting to swindle him in a non-existent transaction.

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said, “The retired army general received a telephone call on December 5, 2014, from one Morris Williams.

Williams had claimed to be an employee of the World Wide Organisation.

“Williams told the petitioner that WWO was ready to award him (the complainant) the sum of £10m for his consignment that was mishandled by an unnamed courier company.

“Williams also told the complainant that one Mr. Kwesi Mensah and a certain Mr. Rowland Komolafe would meet him in Nigeria to deliver the money.

“There was however a caveat. He would pay the service fee of about £11,000.”

Aware that he was not expecting any consignment, the petitioner was said to have played along and told the accused persons that his driver would pick them on arrival in Nigeria to his office in Abuja for further discussion.

It was during the meeting in his office that the accused persons were handed over to the EFCC operatives.

The men were arraigned on two counts of criminal conspiracy and attempting to obtain money under false pretences.

The charges read in part: “That you Abiodun Akorede, aka Kwesi Mensah, Sherif Ajaga, aka Rowland Komolafe, and other still at large, on or about December 5, 2014, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud one General Tunde Ogbeha, did attempt to obtain the sum of £11,000 under the pretext that the said sum was meant for clearing charges for a non-existing transaction, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Baba ordered that the suspects be remanded in the Kuje Prison and adjourned the case to January 20, 2015


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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