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EFCC Re-arraigns National Youth Corps Member In Court Over Alleged $4,500 Fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy, who was arrested over a case reported by the FBI in a coordinated “Operation reWired.”

The suspect was arrested in September, 2019 in Abuja after months of discreet investigations.

Counsel to the EFCC, Kufre Uduak arraigned the defendant on two count offences bothering on possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money under false pretense.

EFCC said that Iyonsi Tumeyin Timothy, sometime in September, 2019 in Lagos within the lkeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud obtained the sum of $4,500 (Four Thousand Five Hundred US dollars) from one Julio Zogorski under the false pretence to wit: “romance scam, which you knew to be false.”

The defendant was a serving corps member with the National Assembly.

He was arraigned on Monday 3rd February before Justice Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja Judicial Division.

The accused however, pleaded “not guilty” to the two count charge.

The defense counsel, Jolone Ikomi pleaded that the defendant be admitted to bail on most liberal terms and conditions.

Justice Solebo subsequently granted him bail in the sum of N500,000.00, a surety in like sum, who must be a verifiable resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

The trial judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions, while he adjourned the case to 18th of June, 2020 for commencement of trial.

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