The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Maiduguri Zonal Command on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 arraigned one Tope Jimi Fagun before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a-two count charge of impersonation and obtaining N70, 000,000.00 (Seventy Million Naira) by false pretence.
The defendant allegedly presented himself as Pastor Ize Iyamu to one Alhaji Bukar Dalori and fraudulently induced him to deliver the said sum under the pretext that the money was meant to aid the All Progressives Congress 2020 gubernatorial election campaign in Edo State.
The offence is punishable under sections 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
The other count violates sections 179 of the Penal Code Law Caps 12 Laws of Borno State.
Fagun pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read. The prosecution counsel, Alqasim Jafa’ar asked the court to remand him in prison.
Responding, his lawyer, Alli Apanisile informed the court of a pending application for bail and prayed the court allow the motion.
Justice Kumaliya declined the prayer and adjourned till November 24 for hearing of the application and commencement of trial.
The judge ordered that Fagun be remanded in a correctional facility.