The duo of Ugbede Hassan Ocholi and Ngbegha Job Aondona were arraigned today by the Abuja Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven count charge bordering on internet fraud and obtaining under false pretence.
One of the counts reads: “That you Ugbede Hassan Ocholi and Ngbegha Job Aondona sometime in 2019 at Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire between yourselves to commit an offence to wit: computer related fraud and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14 (1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015”.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty, prompting the prosecution counsel, Aishatu Ibrahim to ask the court for adjournment in order to present her witnesses for trial.
The defence counsel, Chris Alashi and VM Sefiano, moved bail applications for their clients which were opposed by the prosecution counsel.
Justice Abang however granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1, 500,000 each. They are also to deposit their international passports with the court registry and must not travel outside of the court’s jurisdiction without permission of court.
The matter has been adjourned to January 21, 22, and 23, 2020 for trail.