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Alleged N270m Fraud: EFCC Arrests Fake Army General Who Claimed Buhari Nominated Him As COAS

Soonest Nathaniel  
Updated January 13, 2022
The EFCC on January 13, 2022, said it had arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun who was posing as an Army-General.
The EFCC on January 13, 2022, said it had arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun who was allegedly posing as an Army-General.

 

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, a fake Army General, over an alleged N270m fraud.

The suspect, who posed as a General in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that President Muhammadu Buhari, had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a short grant “to press and process the appointment.”

According to a statement by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspect also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.

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In the said letter, he claimed that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.

Oluwasegun, in his bid to defraud the victim, also allegedly forged several documents and the signature of the President.

He was arrested at his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Upon his arrest, six pump action guns, three cartridge bullets, a swagger stick and several forged documents were recovered from him.

The EFCC spokesperson disclosed that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded.