Adeherself pleads not guilty, to be arraigned in court for alleged internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday arraigned internet celebrity, Adedamola Adewale Rukayat a.k.a Adeherself, for alleged internet fraud.Adeherself, 20, a social media comedienne and self-acclaimed influencer, was arrested by the EFCC along with five other suspected fraudsters in June during a raid in Lekki axis of Lagos state.The anti-graft agency had said the arrest was based on intelligence received by the Commission on the activities of some youths allegedly involved in internet fraud in the Lekki.In a statement on its website, EFCC said Adeherself was arraigned before a special offence court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.“That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, on or about June 15, 2020, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents titled ‘WhatsApp’, which representations you knew or ought to have known, was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6 (8) (b) and 1 (3) (d) of the advance fee fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006,” the charge sheet read.She, however, pleaded not guilty.In view of her plea, prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed that she be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS.The defence counsel informed the court of a bail application for his client and also prayed for a short date to enable its hearing.Reacting, the defence counsel informed the court of a bail application for his client and also prayed for a short date to enable its hearing.The judge, Sherifat Solebo, in her ruling, adjourned the matter to July 13, 2020 for hearing of the bail application and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in the EFCC custody.The development comes about the same time when another Nigerian internet celebrity, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi, was recently arrested by police authorities in Dubai for alleged cyber-fraud.

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