Customs boss Hameed Ali’s impersonator arraigned for job scam (Photo)

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Azeez Yakubu Afolayan, who posed as the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd) to defraud desperate Nigerians looking for jobs, has been charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Afolayan was arraigned today before Justice M. Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court for executing a job scam and collecting money from victims under false pretence.

He was slammed with a four-count charge.

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Trouble started for him when a staff of the Customs Service, Hasaan Garba Muhammed petitioned the EFCC, accusing him of defrauding innocent Nigerians, seeking employment into the Service. He had so far defrauded them of about N1, 000, 000 (One Million Naira) only.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Yakubu Azeez Afolayan, between the months of November 2018 and January 2018 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with the intent to defraud, obtained the gross sum of N267,000 (Two Hundred and Sixty-seven Thousand Naira) only from one Usman Janet Opeyemi through your UBA account number under the false pretence that you are capable of securing employment for her son with the Nigerian Customs Services; the representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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He pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

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Counsel for the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, urged the court to give a date for trial for prosecution to prove its case, and to order the remand of the defendant in prison.

Counsel for the defendant, A.A. Raheem, however, moved an oral application for bail, which was turned down by the Judge.

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Justice Abdulgafar, thereafter, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Oke-Kura Prison, and adjourned to March 19, 2019 for hearing of the bail application.

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