The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibadan office yesterday, arraigned two suspected yahoo boys; Dominic Obinna Ebisike and Akinwunmi Akubulejo before Hon. Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court of Oyo State, Ibadan on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence.
The suspects however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them.
In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, Mabas Mabur, applied for a date for trial and implored the court to remand the defendants in prison custody.
However, counsel to the first defendant, Kehinde Olawunmi filed an application praying the court to admit the first defendant to bail. Counsel to the second defendant also aligned himself with the proposal of Kehinde.
Presiding Judge, Justice Ajoku, however, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N2, 000, 000 (Two Million Naira) each and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties for each shall be a civil servant not below grade level 14 with the Federal or Oyo State Government.
The court furthered ordered that the surety must have a landed property which must be covered by a Certificate of Occupancy which must be deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and will be verified by the prosecution counsel. The matter is adjourned to February 27, 2019 for trial.
One of the charges preferred against them reads: “That you, Akinwunmi Akubulejo and Dominic Obinna Ebisike and Harrison Duru, a.k.a. Emeka Chukwu and one K. C. (both now at large), in February, 2017, in Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, conspired to obtain the sum of Two Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira, under false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.