The switch of a presiding choose within the Federal Excessive Court docket, Ado- Ekiti, Justice Uche Agomoh, yesterday stalled the trial of a 19-year previous Cybercrime kingpin, David Oritsegbeyiwa Ofoeyeno, for allegedly defrauding some ladies by bullying and threatening them with their nude movies.
4 witnesses, three of which had been Afe Babalola College feminine college students and victims of Ofoeyeno’s cyber methods and the Director of College students’ Affairs of the college, had been anticipated to testify in opposition to the suspect, on Tuesday.
Ofoeyeno, a 300-level scholar of Media and Communication Research in ABUAD, was being tried for allegedly defrauding college students of the college and different establishments, by flaunting their nude movies, which he acquired by means of methods and handiworks of different syndicates.
When the matter, which has reached a witness stage got here up yesterday, Justice Agomoh introduced to the court docket that she has been transferred to Ibadan, Oyo State Division of the Federal Excessive Court docket.
The Jurist mentioned: “Let me announce to this court docket that I’ve been transferred and I’ve simply two days extra to spend right here on this Judicial Division.
“The Prosecution has 4 witnesses lined up for right now and if I ought to start with the trial, I can’t take all of the 4 and there could be an adjournment, so it’s higher to adjourn this case, so in all probability the case might be taken over by one other Choose”, she said.
After the Prosecution and Defence Counsels had consented to the place canvassed by the Choose, Justice Agomoh adjourned the case to April 22 for witnesses to testify within the matter.
The Prosecution was midwifed by the Akin Fadeyi Basis in collaboration with ABUAD.
The Ofoeyeno’s prosecution commenced in 2020 after the varsity acquired a litany of complaints from some college students alleging that the accused had extorted hundreds of thousands of naira from them by means of threats of their nude footage and movies on social media platforms.
The 19-year-old Ofoeyeno was found to be the kingpin of a cyberbully cartel throughout tertiary establishments in Nigeria, following six months of covert investigations carried out by the College.
Ofoeyeno was docked on a six-count cost bordering on conspiracy to commit a felony with cyber fraud, try and defraud, impersonation, risk to reveal nudes and cyberstalking, amongst others.
He was alleged to have cyberbullied 17 recognized Nigerian ladies throughout numerous universities in Nigeria, together with Elizade College in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, and Kaduna State College however 4 of his victims had been on the similar establishment with him and had been minors when the motion began.
Allegations in opposition to him within the cost which has the Inspector Basic of Police because the complainant is that he, between September 2019 and October 2020, Ofoeyeno aka Chaz conspired to commit a felony to wit cyber fraud in opposition to a younger lady who was then a minor (identify withheld) and dedicated an offence punishable below Part 27 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015.
He was additionally alleged to have despatched digital messages that he has the nudes of his sufferer, with a risk to make it public with the intent to defraud and acquire cash from her, committing an offence punishable below Part 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention Regulation, 2004).
He was alleged to have used an Entry Checking account quantity with account identify Amaju Gina Olamateyo and account quantity 1386852492 to acquire the cash from his sufferer, thereby committing an offence punishable below Part 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act 2015. An account that investigators at Akin Fadeyi Basis declared was untraceable as a result of it had no BVN, including that the financial institution also needs to be investigated.
Commenting on the logjam necessitated by the Choose’s switch, ABUAD’s College students’ Affairs Director, Mr Wahab, mentioned the prosecuting counsel might nonetheless exploit the choice of submitting an utility for a Fiat, in order that the transferred Choose might nonetheless be presiding over the case from her new Division.