SIM Swap Fraud: Court Revokes Bail Of Fake Military Officer
Justice Agathar Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday, October 17, 2019, revoked the bail granted on March 27, 2019, to Asoqwo Henry Mfon, a fake military officer who is being prosecuted by the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for N700,000.00 fraud.
The bail was revoked following a mild drama in court when Mfon, refused to open his passworded mobile phone (Tecno Spark 3) to enable the court compare pictures of him wearing military uniforms snapped with his phone and the ones printed from the phone which were presented by the second prosecution witness in the case, PW2, Suleiman Abba.
“I cannot remember my password”, the defendant arrogantly said. Justice Okeke immediately revoked the bail on the grounds that “the defendant has clearly showed that he did not deserve the bail granted to him”.
Earlier, while being led in evidence by Adebayo Soares, the prosecution counsel, Abba, an investigator with the Commission, informed the court that the anti-graft agency received a petition dated December 31, 2018, by one Tom Itoro Edet alleging that the defendant swapped her Subscriber Identification Module, SIM Card and fraudulently withdrew N700,000.00 from her account domiciled in First City Monument Bank, FCMB.
He said, “My team, the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the EFCC, swung into action, arrested him on January 3, 2019, and found a Nigerian Army 20 Battalion Identification Card with him. I asked him if he was a military personnel and he said ‘no’, which led us to cause a search in his house.
“When we got to his house, we found military kits and uniforms in a bag. We also found his friend living with him who confirmed that the uniform belonged to the defendant”.
He continued, “we also found a military bullet proof vest with black cover shoes and more military uniforms in a laundry shop opposite his house, belonging to him.”