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EFCC Arraigns Suspect Over Alleged Child Pornography and Sextortion Charges

EFCC Arraigns Suspect Over Alleged Child Pornography and Sextortion Charges

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought charges against one Olukeye Olalekan before Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos. Olalekan is facing an 18-count charge related to alleged child pornography, fraudulent impersonation, and sextortion, involving a sum of N721,500.00.

The accusations against Olalekan stem from his alleged involvement in the transmission of child pornography, fraudulent impersonation, and sextortion activities. Using aliases such as “hrm87,” “Charlotte 708,” and “harlilott_ 716,” Olalekan is said to have utilized the Instagram virtual network to create a group titled “Expose Janjua Robin Nudes” on February 13, 2023. The EFCC has asserted that this action constitutes a violation of Section 23(1)(C) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

Furthermore, Olalekan is accused of directly retaining the sum of N721,500.00 in his UBA account on May 13, 2022, suspected to be proceeds from the unlawful activity of transmitting child pornography. This allegation is cited as a contravention of Section 18(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022.

During the arraignment, Olalekan pleaded “not guilty” to all charges brought against him. In response, the prosecuting counsel, S.I. Suleiman, requested a trial date to present witnesses and pertinent documents supporting the prosecution’s case.

However, Defense counsel, Segun Onikoyi, sought for Olalekan to remain on the bail previously granted by Justice T.G. Ringim. The prosecution did not object to this request, leaving the decision to the court’s discretion.

In light of the proceedings, Justice Ogundare adjourned the trial until June 3, 2024. The court also directed Olalekan to maintain his existing bail status throughout the duration of the trial.

The case highlights the EFCC’s commitment to combating cybercrimes, particularly those involving child pornography and sextortion. With the prevalence of online platforms and social media networks, law enforcement agencies are increasingly vigilant in their efforts to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable.

The allegations against Olalekan underscore the importance of safeguarding vulnerable individuals, particularly minors, from exploitation and abuse in cyberspace. As technology continues to evolve, it is imperative for authorities to adapt their strategies and enact stringent measures to prevent and prosecute cyber-enabled crimes effectively.

The outcome of Olalekan’s trial will undoubtedly have significant implications for the enforcement of cybercrime laws in Nigeria and serve as a deterrent to those who engage in illicit activities online. The EFCC remains resolute in its pursuit of justice and the protection of the public against cyber threats and exploitation.

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