The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a social media influencer and comedian, Adedamola Adewale Rukayat, on charges of alleged fraud.
Better known as Adeherself, he appeared at the Special Offence Court in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.
The 20-year-old, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Justice Sherifat Solebo, in her ruling, adjourned the case to July 13, 2020, for the hearing of the bail application.
The judge also ordered him to be remanded in the EFCC custody.
Adeherself (L) and Lamina Ajibola
The social media influencer and one Lamina Hamzat Ajibola were arrested by the EFCC along with three other suspects in June during a raid in the Lekki axis of Lagos state.
The EFCC said the arrest followed intelligence linking them to online fraudulent activities with two brothers, Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke and Lasisi Riliwan Adeniyi, who were at large.
They were arrested at a four-bedroom duplex belonging to the two run-away suspects.
According to a statement, during interrogation, Adewale, a self-acclaimed model, who goes by the username @adeherself on Instagram, confessed to being a “picker” in cybercrimes.
He usually posed as a lady to dupe foreigners, the agency said, adding that the sum of N9 million was found in his account.
The other three suspects – Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine Nwokorie – were arrested for their alleged involvement in a romance scam.
They were arrested during another raid, following a separate intelligence.
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