The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday June 15, 2015, arraigned one Ebiechina Chikeluba aka Lisa T. Jackson, before Justice O. A Ipaye of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja on a 17-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, personation, forgery and using false document.
According to the EFCC, Chikeluba, who met his victim on Facebook, using the false identity of Lisa T. Jackson, a United States citizen, had been making monetary demands of his victims, using various guises.
In one such instances, the EFCC said sometime in March 2013, the suspect obtained a total sum of £54,324.59 (Fifty Four Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty Four Pounds, Fifty Nine Pence) from one K. Oaks, through Western Union, on the pretext that he was an American woman dealing in Gold in Nigeria and needed money to increase her capital.
The unsuspecting victim paid the sum, having already agreed to married Chikeluba, who posed as Lisa.
However, when the charges against him were read, he pleaded not guilty.
Following his not guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Andrew Akoja, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
The defence counsel, Chijioke Agu, informed the court that he has already filed an application for bail and asked to be allowed to move his application.
However, Justice Ipaye adjourned the matter to July 20, 2015 for hearing of bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody.
Chikeluba, 21, a student of Federal Science and Technical College Yaba, Lagos was arrested by the operatives of the EFCC on February 24, 2015 for allegedly swindling K. Oaks, a UK citizen, of £54,000 (equivalent of N20m).