The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Port Harcourt Zonal Command announced on Tuesday that it had arraigned Samuel Akunomah, a suspected internet fraudster, in a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
On August 6, 2021, Akunnomah was charged with 45 counts of internet fraud, impersonation, and obtaining money under false pretenses totaling N425 million before Justice A.T. Mohammed.
Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.
EFCC operatives arrested the suspect on June 28, 2021, at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, following established intelligence linking him to internet fraud and other internet-related activities, according to Uwujaren.
“That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious Okeren (still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at large), Austin Chibike (still at large), Charemon Golden (still at large), sometime in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, directly took possession of the sum of N425 million in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016, in the name of Skillz Nigeria Encashment Limited (still at large
The prosecution’s lawyer, S.M.H. Ibekute, asked the court to remand the defendant pending the start of the trial because of his not guilty plea.
Defence lawyer Daninagbo Davies, on the other hand, requested that he be released on bail.
Justice Mohammed, on the other hand, deferred a decision on Akunomah’s bail application and remanded him in the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.