Following her arrest and arraignment before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has pleaded with an Ikeja Special Offences Court to deny popular social media influencer and skit maker, Adeherself’s bail.
Ade was among 5 persons picked up by the EFCC for over alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
At the commencement of the trial yesterday, Mr Samuel Daji, EFCC’s lead prosecuting counsel made plea to the court to deny Adewale’s bail hearing. He said: “I urge the court to refuse the bail of the defendant and order accelerated hearing.”
Meanwhile the defence counsel, Mr Tunde Salami, had earlier applied to the court to grant bail on liberal terms to Adewale who had been remanded in EFCC’s custody since July 7. Weighing the submissions of the defence and prosecuting counsel, Justice Sherifat Solebo, adjourned the case till Wednesday for ruling on the bail application.
The anti-graft body had on June 16 announced the arrest of Adewale alongside four others for internet fraud. The commission said Adewale, 20, and her accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola, were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos State. EFCC also stated that Adewale pleaded not guilty to the charge.
“The defendant was arrested following intelligence received by the Commission on the activities of some young men allegedly involved in internet fraud in the Lekki axis of Lagos State,” EFCC revealed.
According to the EFCC, Adewale on June 15 when she was arrested had with the intent to defraud, had in her possession a fraudulent document entitled “WhatsApp.” Daji said: “The offence violates Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”