By Soni Daniel
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, arraigned one Elvis Yemaye before Justice Olubunmi Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, on a two-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery and obtaining by false pretense to the tune of $17,863.
The complainant, Albert John Kuba, an American citizen resident in Southern Moravia Town, Czech Republic, alleged that Yemaye fraudulently defrauded him, while threatening to release a video of him to the public and on issues that bordered on remittance of inheritance.
According to the complainant, Yemaye started his blackmail when he decided to back out from an earlier business of making him (Kuba) a beneficiary of his inheritance, a business later discovered to be phony.
It was also alleged that the suspect claimed to be one Tommy Rex (Jnr.) the picture of whom he used to lure his victims to sending money to him.
Investigation by the EFCC revealed that the suspect falsely presented himself to the victim as Chief Barrister Elvis Yemaye. He also paraded himself as an official of EFCC and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, using fictitious e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the two counts when they were read to him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Andrew A. Akoja, asked for a trial date.
However, the defence counsel, A. Attah, prayed the court to admit the accused person to bail, adding that he would not do anything to frustrate his trial.
Justice Banjoko admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum, while the case was adjourned to January 31, 2017 for hearing.