The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says two students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Genesis Arinze Daniel and Chinedu Ayogu Christopher have been arraigned.
EFCC in a statement issued on Friday, said the duo was arraigned on separate one count charge of cybercrime before Justice N.I Buba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Enugu, Enugu State.
The statement said the defendants who were docked on Thursday January 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the Enugu Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency.
According to the statement, the undergraduates were arrested based on intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrimes activities and obtaining money by false pretenses from the unsuspecting victims, mostly foreigners.
Part of the statement reads, “Investigation by the EFCC revealed how Genesis created and operated Google and Instagram accounts using stolen identity of Thomas Bradley, a United Kingdom national based in Florida,USA, to defraud other foreigners. He also created Gmail account; firstname.lastname@example.org which he used to intercept emails messages and chats.
“Genesis and Ayogu also engage in fraudulent online Forex Trading Company. Aside from acting ‘pickers’ for syndicate of fraudsters.
“In view of the plea of the defendants, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Ajobiewe asked for a trial date while counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants; I.U Okenwa moved motions for the bail of their clients which was not opposed by the prosecution.”
Justice Buba, after listening to both counsel admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of One Million each, and one surety each in like sum.
The court adjourned the matter till February 2, 2021 for commencement of trial.