The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, February 8, re-arraigned comedienne Adedamola Adewale better known as Adeherself, for alleged N7.9 million internet fraud.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adewale was charged alongside two others at large, on a three-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences, attempt to obtain money by false pretences and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
EFCC counsel, Mr Samuel Daji, informed the court that the case was re-assigned, and urged it to remand the defendant pending commencement of trial.
“My lord, this case was heard before Justice Sherifat Solebo before she retired, and when it was transferred to this honourable court, I informed my learned friend that the case would be coming up on Jan. 25.
He said he thought it was the day before. This is a matter that is starting afresh before your lordship, and we do not know if the sureties, who stood for her earlier, are dead or not.
It is proper for the defence to apply afresh for bail before your lordship,” he said.
Defence counsel, Mr Kassim Molade, however, prayed the court to retain the bail granted by Solebo to the defendant, pending the filing of a new bail application.
According to Molade, the defendant has not been absent from court and is ready to make herself available for trial.
“We passionately urge your lordship to allow the defendant to continue to enjoy the bail given to her by the sister court. The reason we were not here on Jan. 25 is that prosecution did not get back to me.
I assure your lordship that before the close of today, I will rush to the sister court to get a copy of the ruling on the bail application,” he said
The judge consequently retained the bail granted to the defendant by Solebo pending the filing of a new bail application by the defence counsel.