Self-proclaimed President’s CSO nabbed for N200m fraud

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The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a man, Titus Joshua, for allegedly claiming to be the Chief Security Officer to the President.

He was arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretenses before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City.

The EFCC told the court that the suspect allegedly defrauded his victims of over N200m after lying to them that he would help them secure jobs at the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The charges read partly, “That you, Titus Joshua, sometime between 10th of August, 2018 and 30th of September, 2021 at the Orhionmwon Local Government Area, Benin City, within the jurisdiction of this Court, did fraudulently obtain the total sum of N12,216,000 from one Engineer James Igbinosun which you claimed was money to facilitate the application of the said Igbinosun into the position of Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, which you instructed the said Engineer James Igbinosun to pay into various accounts, the pretenses you knew is false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

Justice Shuauibu adjourned the matter till May 30, 2022 for hearing on the bail application and remanded the defendant in custody.

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