– Christian Oyovweyho, alias Femi Adesina, has been arraigned for allegedly trying to swindle a professor of economics at Bayero University Kano of N300,000
– The defendant allegedly demanded the money to help the professor secure appointment in the presidency
– Christian Oyovweyho was arrested after he was reported to the EFCC
An alleged impersonator of the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, has been arraigned by the EFCC before a Federal High Court in Kano.
Christian Oyovweyho, alias Femi Adesina, allegedly impersonated the presidential aide and attempted to obtain N300,000 from a professor of Economics at Bayero University Kano, Dalhatu Galadanci, Premium Times reports.
According to the complainant, sometime in July 2016, the defendant sent him a text message claiming to be Femi Adesina, S.A to the president on media and publicity.
Dalhatu said the defendant fraudulently claimed to be speaking on behalf of the president and that the name of the professor has been forwarded for appointment in the presidency.
The complainant further stated that the defendant claimed to be searching for a better office for him.
The professor said he got suspicious when the defendant asked him to make payment of N300,000 to facilitate his appointment to Nigeria Port Authority or Nigerian Railway Cooperation and Rural Electrification.
It was at that point, that the complainant reported the alleged impersonator to the EFCC
After listening to the charge, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel Musa Isah requested a date for trial in view of the plea of defendant.
The counsel representing the defendant, T.M. Oyedema however brought a motion for bail, praying the court to admit his client to bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.
The trial judge, Justice Z. B. Abubakar granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.
According to the bail conditions, one of the sureties must be a state or federal government official not below grade level 8.
The other surety must be a respected member of the society with a landed property within the jurisdiction. Also certificate of Occupancy in respect of the landed property shall be deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.
The defendant was remanded in prison pending the perfection of his bail terms.
The case was adjourned to April 11, 2017 for commencement of trial.
Meanwhile, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has identified inefficient leadership as the major challenge retarding the growth and development of Nigeria after 56 years of its being created.
Ribadu, who delivered the convocation lecture of the 11th convocation ceremony of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in Anambra state on Wednesday, March 15, also stated that the nation had grappled with challenges of mutual suspicion and ethnic jingoism, which he said had deprived the people of reason, fairness and sense of justice.