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Man Poses As Nigerian Air Force Officer, Defrauds Job Applicant Of 300k, Lands In Kuje Prison

He was arraigned on a two count charge of cheating and obtaining by false pretence

One Ahmed Umar, who allegedly presented himself as a Nigerian Air Force officer and duped a man in the guise of securing a job for him, was on Monday arraigned before an Abuja court.

Umar was arraigned before Justice A.O. Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was arraigned on a two count charge of cheating and obtaining by false pretence.

A statement made available to Kanyi Daily by EFCC Head of media and publicity, said the suspect presented himself as a Flying Officer of the Nigerian Air Force and obtained the sum of N300, 000 from one Caleb Ibrahim that he was going to secure a job for him.

The statement said one of the counts against the defendant reads, “that you, Ahmed Umar sometime in 2022 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N300,000.00(Three Hundred Thousand Naira) from Caleb Ibrahim under the false pretense that you will secure job for him which pretence you knew to be false  and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

Another count reads, “that you, Ahmed Umar sometime in 2022 at Abuja, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation, by representing yourself to be a flying officer of the Nigerian Air force, using the Nigerian Air Force Identity Card No. 19SVC: 19/21609 bearing your name Ahmed Umar and obtained the sum of N300,000( Three Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Caleb Ibrahim and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Panel Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under  section 324 of the same Act.”

According to the statement, the defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

“In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Maryam Hayatudden, prayed the court to remand the defendant at a correctional facility and set a date for trial,” the statement reads briefly.

“Defence counsel, Larry Ademokoya, urged the court to grant the defendant bail.

“Justice Adeyemi Ajayi, adjourned the matter till August 15, 2022 for hearing on the bail application and remanded the defendant in Kuje Custodial Centre.”

In other news, Kanyi Daily had earlier reported that the anti-graft agency arrested forty seven (47) suspected internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Port Harcourt. The agency recovered six cars, mobile phones, laptops and other items from them.

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