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Man on trial for romance scam, non-declaration of assets
EFCC Operatives

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned one Joseph Victor Ndubuka before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court on a two-count bordering on romance scam and non-disclosure of assets worth $28,000.

The commission disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

One of the counts reads, “that you, Victor Joseph Ndubuka “m” sometime in March 2023 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your assets by deliberately refusing to declare your cryptocurrency and Non-Fungible Token all worth about Twenty Eight Thousand Dollars in the Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities Form and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(3) (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section (27) (3) of the same Act.”

The defendant was said to have allegedly used the false identity of Caucasian gay to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money.

Ndubuka, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

While the defence counsel, A. I Hamza requested the court to admit his client to bail, prosecuting counsel, Precious C. Onyeneho implored the court to fix a date for a hearing of the matter,

Justice Darius, however, adjourned the case till May 3, 2023, for a hearing of his bail application and ordered the defendant remanded at the Correctional Centre.