Alleged Nigerian fraudster ends evidence

Mark Latif Adijum, a 58-year- old alleged Nigerian fraudster, has ended his evidence at the Accra Circuit Court, hearing the case in which he and his accomplice defrauded a German of 248,577.91 Euros.

Adijum told the court, presided by Efia Agbanu Kumador, that he knew nothing about the alleged fraud, and that the complainant framed him up when she found out that he was marrying another woman.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Augustus A. Yirenkyi, the accused posed as   Mark Adjei and Chris Walters and took 248,5771.91 Euros, from the complaint to supply her gold, an accusation, Adijum denied.

However during cross-examination of the accused by ASP Yirenkyi, Adijum admitted knowledge of a wedding invitation card, which had his name and that of Mark Adjei.

“My Lord, this is a photocopy of my wedding invitation card,” he said, and argued that he could not have sent his wedding invitation to Waltraud Wiesent, the complainant, whom he claimed was his girlfriend.

ASP Yirenkyi suggested to him (Adijum) and his accomplice, Benjamin Taofeek Oluwashola that they defrauded Ms. Wiesent under the pretext of supplying her gold, and also transferring into her account 125 million dollars.

In his evidence in chief, Adijum claimed that telephone conversation was the only means of communication between him (the accused) and the complaint, but the prosecutor said the claim was untrue because there was evidence of internet conversation, which had the name Mark Adjei.

The facts are that Adijum and Oluwashola met Ms. Wiesent on a dating site on the internet, in 2011, and lured her into believing that they run a gold business in Ghana.

Adijum, the first accused, allegedly posed as Chris Walters of Nottingham, UK, who does his business in Ghana and succeeded in duping her using bank  accounts at Guarantee Trust Bank and Ecobank.

 

By Malik Sullemana

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