Social media influencer and comedienne, Adedamola Adewale alias Adeherself has been re-arraigned by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N7.9 million internet fraud, today, Wednesday, February 8.
Adeherself and two others were charged with conspiring to gain money by false pretenses, attempting to get money under false pretenses, and retaining proceeds of criminal behavior.
They were accused of attempting to get $6, 000 from one Mr. Joseph Rumoro under the guise that the money was for the purchase of his passport, visa, and tax payment.
Adeherself was accused of keeping the N7.9 million in cybercrime earnings in her bank account.
Mr. Samuel Daji, counsel for the EFCC, informed the court that the matter had been re-assigned after she pleaded not guilty to the allegations. He asked the court to remand the defendant awaiting the start of the trial.
“My lord, this case was heard before Justice Sherifat Solebo before she retired, and when it was transferred to this honorable court, I informed my learned friend that the case would be coming up on Jan. 25.He said he thought it was the day before.This is a matter that is starting afresh before your lordship, and we do not know if the sureties, who stood for her earlier, are dead or not.It is proper for the defense to apply afresh for bail before your lordship.”
However, Mr. Kassim Molade, the counsel of the influencer, objected to the EFCC lawyer’s petition. He requested the court to keep the defendant’s bail granted by Solebo until the submission of a new bail application.
Molade stated that the defendant has not been missing from the court and is ready to stand trial.
After hearing the argument, Justice Mojisola Dada reinstated Adeherself’s previous bail, pending the submission of a new bail application by the defense counsel.
Dada further directed the defendant to provide a bank statement within three weeks. She said that failing to do so would result in the court ordering her remand.