By Akin Kuponiyi
A man, Malik Wakili has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for pulling an internet scam against Babatunde Raji Fashola, former Lagos governor, now works and housing minister.
The middle aged man, who allegedly impersonated Fashola to steal N3,106,216 was arraigned before a Federal high court in Lagos, south west Nigeria.
Wakili was alleged to have conspired with one Abdullahi Umar, who is at large, “to fraudulently impersonate Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), with intent to gain monetary advantage for themselves .”
He was alleged to have converted the total sum of N3,106,216, being the value of the Air-miles Skywards Account Number EK248739282 of the minister with the Emirate Airline.
The offence alleged to have been committed by the defendant is contrary to sections 15(2)(a) and 27(1)(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act and punishable under sections 15(3) and 22(3)(a) of the same Act.
He pleaded not guilty to the three counts.
The presiding Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned till tomorrow to rule on the bail application filed before the court by his lawyer, Eubena Anedu.
The EFCC prosecuting counsel, Uduak Kufre, did not oppose the bail application.
However he urged the judge to impose conditions that would ensure that the defendant is always available to attend his trial.
Justice Aneke while adjourning till tomorrow to rule on the bail application ordered that Wakili should be remanded in the custody of correctional services.