The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday arraigned one Akintunde Vincent Abiodun begone at a Lagos State High court sitting in Ikeja for alleged love scam.
The accused, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo state was said to have defrauded his victim, D. Bonnici of $267,000 online by claiming to be Christopher Williams from United Kingdom.
According to the complainant, she met the 37-year-old man on a dating site on the internet and allegedly fell in love with him.
She said the accused started collecting money from her after he claimed he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 (Eighteen Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), which he purportedly inherited from his father.
The complainant also added that Akintunde hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her, alleging that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin.
She said all of them claimed to be friends of Akintunde.
The accused, who is facing a 14-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, pleaded not guilty.
In view of the plea, the prosecuting counsel, Sesan Ola prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and also for a trial date to be given.
But counsel to the defendant, O.P. Daramola prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.
The prosecution, however, opposed the bail application on the grounds that the defendant had attempted to travel to the United States while on administrative bail and was similarly denied a Canadian visa.
In his ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye dismissed the bail application.
He ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri prison and adjourned to 7 and 8 of March, 2017 for trial.