man identified as Okunmwendia Victor was also arraigned today before
Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin City on a three
count charge bordering on fraud and obtaining false pretense.
Okunmwendia 29, a graduate of Delta State university is alleged to have
presented himself as Sister Julia Imoke, founder and coordinator of
Happy Home Orphanage in his attempt to extort money from unsuspecting
One of the counts reads,
“that you Okunmwendia O. Victor ” m” (alias Sister Julia Imoke of Happy
Home Orphanage) and others now at large on or about the 24th of January
2016 in Benin city, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable
court with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of 900 US Dollars from
one Ada k. “F” through Western union money transfer under the false
pretence that you are sister Julia Imoke, the founder and coordinator of
a non existing Happy Home Orphanage, a pretext you knew to be false and
therecommitted an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance
Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act,2006 and punishable under
Section 1(3)of the same Act”.
The accused person
pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Counsel to the Commission, M T Iko asked the court to fix a date for
trial and to remand the defendants in prison custody. Attempt the
defense counsel, Osman Idehen to move for bail was refused the court.
Justice Ajoku adjourned the matter to November 16 for trial and ordered
that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.
Source: Linda. I