The social media influencer and model, Adedamola Rukayat Adewale who goes by the alias Adeherself on Instagram and Twitter platforms, has been arraigned before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State on a one-count charge of possessing fraudulent documents. Aunty Dami was arrested three weeks ago for alleged internet fraud, along with one Lamina Hamzat Ajibola. They were arrested on the 15th of June 2020 following intelligence information received by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, bordering on the activities of some young men allegedly involved in internet fraud in the Lekki part of Lagos State. It was alleged by EFCC that Aunty Dami confessed to being a picker for the other alleged cyber criminals.
The one-count charge against Miss Adéwálé says: “That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, on or about the 15th day of June, 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents titled ‘WhatsApp’ which representations you knew or ought to have known, was false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 (8)(b) and 1 (3)(d) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.”
Miss Adéwálé pleaded not guilty to the charge read to her before the court, so the prosecution counsel, Mr S. O. Daji, asked Court for an order of a trial date and pleaded with the Court to remand her in Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS, formerly Nigerian Prisons Service) custody.
Her lawyer called the attention of the court, to their bail application and appealed to the court to give a short interval of time for the application to be heard.
The justice adjourned the matter of the bail to July 13th for the application to be heard. He meanwhile, asked that the suspect be remanded in the custody of the EFCC (as against the NCoS proposed by the prosecution counsel).
Switch Nigeria had last month 16th June 2020, reported that Aunty Dami had been arrested along with several others for involvement in online fraud. Click this link to read our article.
The fact that Miss Adéwálé is being arraigned alone separate from the other suspects, is a bit strange. Also, the fact that there is only one charge against her bordering on her WhatsApp messenger documents, is also not clear. As we reported in the news in the link above, at least ₦9 million was recovered from her bank account. The EFCC did not specify whether the money recovered were proceeds from the interactions she had with her alleged victims.
Aunty Dami had become an upcoming celebrity because of her breathtaking comedy videos that often look very well-crafted with awesome makebeliefs.