A Student of Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), identified as Michael Uwachukwu, popularly known as ‘Rodrigo’ has been arrested by the operatives of Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria, over alleged cybercrime.
The FUTO Student who is facing trial before Justice J . K Omotosho of the Federal High Court was charged with four counts, bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
One of the counts indicated that Uwachukwu obtained $11,522 from Krisha Marie Arsenio an, American citizen, under the false pretext that he had been evicted by his landlord.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.In view of his “not guilty” plea, prosecuting counsel, A. Osu prayed the court for a short adjournment.
However, counsel to the defendant, H .O. Amaefule orally prayed the court to grant the defendant bail which was declined.
Justice Omotosho adjourned the matter till January 21, 2021 and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending the determination of his bail application.
Michael Uwachukwu (a.k.a Rodrigo), reportedly got into trouble when the EFCC received intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities, leading to his arrest, as investigation showed that the defendant had been posing as a divorced American, Michael Rodrigo and defrauding his victims.