Alleged ₦1.4bn Fraud: EFCC’s Documents Were Duly Obtained – Court

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The trial of Abubakar Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, over an alleged ₦1.4 billion oil subsidy fraud, has resumed before Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of the Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja.

The Star Witness, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, AbdulRasheed Bawa continued his testimony before the court.

Bawa who is testifying as the second prosecution witness told the court that his team found that the defendant falsified the volume of petrol that he imported into the country, using forged documents.

“He claimed to have imported about 12,000 metric tonnes of PMS, while our investigation revealed that he imported about 6,000 metric tonnes of PMS,” he said.

“We wrote to the Petroleum Products Price and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), asking them to re-compute the actual payment to the defendant. They wrote back that the company was paid more than ₦1.4bn, he should have been paid about ₦606m.”

The EFCC Chairman who was personally involved in the investigation of the case also told the court that investigations showed that the 2nd defendant, Abubakar was found to be the one managing subsidy transactions in his company.

He sought to put into evidence documents to back his testimony.

The defence counsel, Osagie Isiramen, objected to the tendering of some of the EFCC’s documents which included letters written to various bodies seeking information on the defendants’ transactions.

Justice Ogunsanya listened to the arguments for and against the tendering of the documents and subsequently overruled his objections. The court held that the documents were properly obtained during the course of EFCC’s investigations.

As of the time of this report, the court is still hearing the matter.

The EFCC had arraigned Abubakar Peters and his company Nadabo Energy Limited on a 21-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, diversion of Federal Government funds and forgery.

The trial, which began in October 2015, predates the appointment of Bawa as the Chairman of the EFCC.

Abubakar is also facing a similar charge brought against him by the EFCC before Justice Christopher Balogun of the same Lagos High Court.

 

Nigerian Hacker Who Stole Covid Benefits Jailed In US

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
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A Nigerian, Bamidele Muraina, has been jailed in the United States for hacking into tax preparation firms and filing fraudulent unemployment benefit claims and tax returns using stolen personally identifiable information.

The benefits were funds from programs meant to assist American workers and families seeking to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.

Muraina, 35, reportedly stole about $280,000 in unemployment benefits and “sought refunds from the IRS exceeding $2.6 million from 2018 through 2020.”

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He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II to five years and ten months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Muraina was also ordered to pay $561,125.62 in restitution.

He was sentenced along Gabriel Kalembo, a previously convicted fraudster who laundered the fraudulent assets.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on us all. The enterprise created by these serial criminals further victimized our citizenry by robbing them of financial resources that were intended to help them,” Special Agent in Charge Steven Baisel, U.S. Secret Service Atlanta Field Office, said.

“Thanks to our judicial system, justice has been served.”

According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, “between May 9, 2020 and May 16, 2020, Muraina used stolen personally identifiable information from Washington residents to submit false claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Washington.

“Muraina’s false claims exploited a federal COVID-19 pandemic relief program created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits and provided an additional unemployment benefit of $600 per week.

“Based on Muraina’s fraudulent claims submitted in the names of approximately fifty Washington residents over a one-week span, the State of Washington issued more than $280,000 in unemployment benefits.

“Muraina directed fraudulent funds from his unemployment benefits scheme and tax fraud scheme to be deposited into bank accounts set up by co-conspirators, including Gabriel Kalembo, who was convicted in 2017 of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud in the Northern District of Georgia.

“Kalembo recruited Zambian nationals to travel to the United States on tourist visas to incorporate sham corporations in Georgia and open business bank accounts in the names of those corporations.

“After the fraudulent funds were deposited into those accounts, Kalembo laundered the funds by cashing money orders purchased with debit cards linked to the accounts.”

ICPC Arraigns University Of Calabar Lecturer Over N20.6m Fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged a dean in the University of Calabar, Prof. Francisca Ime Bassey, to court over her alleged involvement in a contract fraud of ₦20.6 million.

Prof. Bassey, who is the Dean and Director of the Pre-Degree Programme of the university, was arraigned on Wednesday at the Cross River State High Court Six, Calabar, by the Commission for allegedly holding private interests in multiple contracts awarded by the school to four companies directly owned by her.

The Commission, in 10 counts filed before Justice Elias O. Abua, noted that the alleged crime happened between 2013 and 2017 and violated Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The charge sheet revealed that Prof. Bassey at different times benefited from a series of contracts totalling ₦20,679,324.63 awarded to Bakuf Ventures, Rivet Investment Nigeria Ltd, Joebas Enterprises, and Arumo Nigeria Ltd.

It was found that contracts amounting to ₦7,819,916.24 were allegedly awarded to Bakuf Ventures on four occasions between 2013 and 2017.

The institution also awarded contracts worth N4.7 million to Rivet Investment Nigeria Ltd between 2013 and 2015.

The dean further used two of her companies, Joebas Enterprises and Arumo Nigeria Ltd to commit multiple contract frauds.

She allegedly benefitted from N5,736,797.84 worth of contracts awarded to Arumo Nigeria Ltd and N2,450,700 awarded to Joebas Enterprises within the same period.

The accused entered a not-guilty plea when the charge was read to her, as her counsel, Barrister Joseph Oloku, filed a bail application praying the court to admit her to bail on self-recognizance.

The bail was opposed by counsel to the ICPC, Kioba Kio Anabraba, who prayed the court to grant her bail on terms that would make her attend her trials.

The presiding judge granted her bail in the sum of ₦5 million with one surety in like sum, insisting that the surety must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The matter was then adjourned to October 11 and 12, 2021 for trial.

Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of ₦241m Diverted From Office Of SDG

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture, to the Federal Government, of the sum of ₦241milion allegedly diverted from the office of the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which instigated the forfeiture order told Justice Nicholas Oweibo on Friday that it received a damning intelligence report from some concerned citizens in respect to abuse of office, diversion of funds, and monumental fraud perpetrated by some staff of the accounts department in the office of the SSA to the President.

The EFCC said its investigation revealed that one Abdusalam Bawa, the key suspect, is a signatory to two corporate accounts which housed monies diverted from the coffers of the agency.

It also linked Kouchdim Unity Nigeria Ltd and Lankass Global Ventures to the diversion.

Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo who approached the court via an exparte application told the judge that the sum of ₦241m was warehoused in two banks in the sums of ₦65million, ₦61million, ₦50million and ₦65million.

Justice Oweibo directed the anti-graft agency to publish the interim forfeiture in any national newspaper for anyone who is interested in the forfeited funds to appear before the court within 14 days to show cause why a final forfeiture order should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

He adjourned the final forfeiture proceedings till September 6, 2021.

Oyedepo’s application was backed by a four-page affidavit of urgency deposed to by an EFCC operative, Ebunoluwa Amusan.

Amusan averred that he was assigned to investigate the “damning intelligence report received by the EFCC by some concerned citizens in respect of abuse of office, diversion of funds, and monumental fraud perpetrated by some officers of the Sustainable Development Goals, office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President.”

The intelligence indicated that monies were diverted to some companies owned by some suspects.

“Our investigation revealed that one Abdulsalam Bawa, the key suspect, is a signatory to two corporate accounts where monies from the agency and those meant for other organisations and for projects were diverted to, and then further diverted to meet the suspects’ selfish needs.

“Investigation carried out so far revealed that Bawa is not a shareholder nor is he listed as a shareholder in any of these companies; Kouchdim Unity Nigeria Ltd and Lankass Global Ventures, but he is a signatory to the companies’ accounts.

“Investigation revealed Remita inflows traced from the Central Bank of Nigeria, meant for other organisations and for projects were traced to the suspect’s personal and corporate accounts viz; Lankass Global Ventures and Kouchdim Unity Nigeria Ltd.

“The above-mentioned companies alongside their alter ego were fraudulently used to divert funds from government coffer and used to purchase the property sought to be attached.”

The deponent further averred that “the Principal Accountant, in cohort with other staff of the SDG laundered and retained various sums of money through companies and individuals who made payments for the said property sought to be temporarily attached.

“So far, we have traced and discovered a landed property acquired with proceeds of the alleged diversion of public funds and criminal breach of trust by Mr. Abdulsalam Bawa.

“We have recovered a total sum of ₦241million from Abdusalam Bawa, Udeme Usoro, Mohammed Auwal and Danyaro Dakan Sarpiya; some of the staff of the accounts department of the SDG office,” he added.

Man Docked For Allegedly Defrauding 170 People Of ₦10.7bn

Nigerian Police have arraigned a young man, Joshua Adeyinka Kayode for allegedly defrauding over 100 people to the tune of N10.7 billion.

 

The Nigerian police have arraigned a young man, Joshua Adeyinka Kayode, (22), before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for allegedly using a fake investment scheme to defraud 170 people to the tune of N10.7 billion.

He was arraigned on Thursday before Justice Tijjani Ringim on 170 counts of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence alongside his company, Quintessential Investment Company Limited, by the men of Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID) Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.

Counsel for the prosecution, Williams Tijjani, told the court that the defendant and others now at large, committed the offences between July 2020 and March 2021.

He also told the court that the defendant defrauded the victims under the pretence of false multiple returns on investment.

According to the prosecutor, the offences committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a) and 1(1) (a) (c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

The defendant, however, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Upon a not-guilty plea, the prosecutor, asked the court to remand him in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), pending when his bail application would be heard and determined.

Counsel to the defendant, Snr Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Emeka Okpoku, did not oppose the prosecutor’s remand application, but instead asked the court for a short date to enable him file the bail application.

After listening to the submission of parties, Justice Tijjani Ringim, adjourned the matter till August 11, for the hearing of the defendant’s bail application.

Justice Ringim also ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the NCOS, till the hearing and determination of his bail application.

Abba Kyari: Ensure Due Process Is Followed, Says Ozekhome

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Mike Ozekhome, has asked that due process should be followed in the case of international fraud in which a Deputy Commissioner for Police, Abba Kyari, has been indicted.

He asked that the extradition law of 2005 must be followed and the US must write to Nigeria through its envoy before the process of extradition can begin.

“The US must first make a written case through their envoy in Nigeria saying they want Abba Kyari back in America.

“They must state the offence he allegedly committed in America, if he has been tried or jailed, they must attach a certification of conviction”.

The Senior Advocate said this on Tuesday during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

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He said that if Nigeria really wants to save the image of Abba Kyari that the Attorney General is supposed to take over the entire matter and look at the reasons why he is wanted in their country.

His comments follow the issuing of an arrest warrant by a U.S magistrate judge, Otis Wright in the case involving popular socialite, Ramon Igbalode, a.k.a Hushpuppi.

Similarly, the Executive Director, Corruption Observatory, Richard Ovie, has asked that Abba Kyari should not be shielded but that the steps taken are positive and are being followed the way they ought to be.

He is of the opinion that Kyari should not be released to the US without investigations done underground.

“Abba Kyari will not be released to the US just like that, Nigeria is not a ‘Banana Republic'”.

“There is an agreement between both countries, but first, a thorough investigation has to be conducted here before extradition.

“We need to do our own internal investigation here and ensure that what the FBI found out is also what we have found out here and based on that we will begin to consummate the process of extradition”, he added.

According to documents unsealed in the US, Mr. Kyari had arrested and jailed one Chibuzo Vincent, at the behest of Hushpuppi.

He also allegedly sent Hushpuppi bank account details into which he (Hushpuppi) could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.

Mr Kyari, in a Facebook post on Thursday, however, denied the allegations.

The Police Service Commission on August 1 suspended Abba Kyari pending the outcome of the investigation in respect to his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.

He was later replaced by a former commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, Tunji Disu.

Alleged N1.7bn Fraud: Court Fixes Oct 22 To Rule On First Nation Airways MD’s Case

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Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has fixed October 22, 2021, to rule on the no-case submission filed by Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Nation Airways Limited, Kayode Odukoya.

Mr Odukoya is being prosecuted for an alleged 1.7billion naira fraud.

Odukoya is standing trial alongside First Nation Airways Limited and Bellview Airlines Limited on a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, use of the false document, perjury, stealing and obtaining credit by fraud contrary to sections 85(1), 86(1), 278(1)&(b), 285(1), 313(1)(a) &(b),361(1)(a)& (b),363 (1) and 364(1) of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.

One of the counts reads: “Kayode Odukoya and First Nation Airways, on or about the 29th day of August 2013 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, by means of fraud, obtained the credit of N307,268,406.43 for yourselves from Skye Bank Plc (Now Polaris Bank Ltd) and made the bank to incur liability by presenting a Memorandum of Loss at Lagos State Certificate of Occupancy registered as No.33 at page 33 In Volume 1011 at the Lagos State Registry, Alausa, Ikeja In respect of property being and situate at No. 29 Oduduwa Street, Ikeja GRA. Lagos State.”

Another count reads: “Kayode Odukoya, First Nation Airways Limited and Bellview Airlines Limited, on or about the 7th day of October 2016 in Lagos within, the Lagos Judicial Division, dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N1, 742,994,962.04 (One Billion, Seven Hundred and Forty-one Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-two Naira, Four Kobo) property of Skye Bank Plc.”

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

At the resumed sitting today, the defence counsel, Edoka Onyeke, adopted the written address for his client.

While adopting the address, Onyeke said: “We urge this Honourable Court to uphold the same and dismiss the seven-count charge and to discharge the defendant.”

On his part, the prosecuting counsel, Anslem Ozioko, adopted the written address of the prosecution dated July 8, 2021.

Ozioko, while also adopting his address, argued that the no-case submission of the defence “is not whether the defendant is guilty or innocent.”

He further argued that there was “legally admissible evidence against the defendant to warrant him to enter his defence and to explain his role in the charge.”

“It is not just about loans, but loans obtained using forged documents and has a criminal origin,” Ozioko added.

After listening to the arguments, the Judge adjourned till October 22, 2021, to deliver the ruling.

Alleged N2.8bn Fraud: Court Grants Ex-Surveyor General Awudu N100m Bail

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A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama on Monday granted N100 million bail to the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu.

Awudu was arraigned before Justice Olusegun Adeniyi, on a 22-count charge of fraud.

He is accused to have awarded multiple contracts worth over N2 billion to a company in which he was a director and shareholder as well as to relation and associates.

The former Surveyor General was also said to have received over N300m as gratification from a contractor executing different contracts for the Office of Surveyor-General of the Federation.

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Upon arraignment, Awudu pleaded not guilty to all counts.

F.B Olorogun, the defendant’s counsel, urged the court to grant bail to his client.

Ruling on the application, Justice Adeniyi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100 million. Awudu was also asked to produce a surety who must be a director-general or a permanent.

The Judge also remanded the defendant in ICPC custody pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.  The case has been adjourned to September 13 for the commencement of trial.

EFCC Arrests Nightclub Owners For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

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Two owners of a nightclub have been arrested for alleged internet fraud in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

The suspects – Boniface Odenigbo Amandianeze and Olasunmbo Olawale Winfunke – were nabbed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Monday.

He said their recent arrest on Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island area of the state followed credible intelligence about their alleged involvement in romance scam, business email compromise, benefit scam, credit card fraud and money laundering.

“Upon their arrest, four exotic cars, mobile devices, laptop computers, jewelry and wristwatches worth hundreds of millions were recovered from them,” the statement partly read.

“Further investigations have also established nexus with other associates who are suspected to be into computer-related fraud.”

The anti-graft agency also assured that the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Dapo Abiodun’s Aide, Abidemi Rufai Arrested In US Over $350,000 Fraud

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Abidemi Rufai, the Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been arrested in the United States of America over $350,000 employment fraud.

Rufai was quizzed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday evening at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York following a criminal complaint.

He was subsequently charged with defrauding the Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000.

The suspect was said to have used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

Rufai was accused of using variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.

US law enforcement agents said more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman.

“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

See the statement issued by the Washington Department of Justice below:

Nigerian citizen charged with defrauding Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000

Arrested at NY airport on a criminal complaint

Seattle – A Nigerian citizen was arrested Friday evening at JFK Airport in New York on a criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud for his scheme to steal over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.  Abidemi Rufai, aka Sandy Tang, 42, of Lekki, Nigeria, made his initial appearance Saturday, May 15, 2021, in New York.  He is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman.  “This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

The criminal complaint alleges that Rufai used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.  Rufai also filed fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Rufai used variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.  By using this practice, Rufai made it appear that each claim was connected with a different email account.

Rufai caused the fraud proceeds to be paid out to online payment accounts such as ‘Green Dot’ accounts, or wired to bank accounts controlled by “money mules.”  Some of the proceeds were then mailed to the Jamaica, New York address of Rufai’s relative.  Law enforcement determined more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Greed is a powerful motivator.  Unfortunately, the greed alleged to this defendant affects all taxpayers,” said Donald Voiret, Special Agent in Charge FBI Seattle. “The FBI and our partners will not stand idly by while individuals attempt to defraud programs meant to assist American workers and families suffering the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Wire fraud is punishable by up to thirty years in prison when it relates to benefits paid in connection with a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).  The fraud on ESD is being investigated cooperatively by the FBI, DOL-OIG, Social Security Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations.  The Washington Employment Security Department is cooperating in the investigation.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth Wilkinson, Cindy Chang, and Benjamin Diggs of the Western District of Washington, and Trial Attorney Jane Lee of DOJ’s Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

EFCC Arrests Lagos Banker For Alleged ₦34m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a Lagos banker, Elizabeth Modupe Osunjuyigbe for an alleged fraudulent diversion of funds to the tune of over ₦34m

In a statement issued on Friday by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the Lagos zonal office of the anti-graft agency quizzed the suspect said to be an employee of Access Bank Plc.

“The suspect, who was arrested on Friday April 29, 2021, allegedly sent a fraudulent request sometime in January to the Branch Service Manager of Access Bank, Adeola Odeku, Lagos State, to issue a draft of the sum of ₦31,330,165 in favour of one Best Timland Nigeria Limited,” the statement read.

“Investigations revealed that the suspect allegedly forged a solicitor’s letter dated January 19, 2021 directing the bank to issue the draft in favour of Best Timland, claiming that request was for the payment of rent to the landlord of one of the bank’s branches in Akwa-Ibom State.”

The EFCC spokesman said the suspect will soon be charged to court for trial and prosecution.

EFCC Arrests Man For Alleged $10,000 Fraud

The suspect quizzed by the EFCC in Lagos. Credit: EFCC

 

The Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a man for an alleged fraud of $10,000.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via its website, EFCC said the suspect – Adeshina Lukman – obtained money by false pretence and stealing.

According to the anti-graft agency, the suspect was napped on April 14, in the Ipaja/Ayobo area of Lagos, following a complaint received from one Isa Abdulhamid Mohammed.

“Mohammed, in his petition, alleged that one Bashir Haruna Isa, a Bureau De Change operator, sometime in March 2020, approached him with an offer to sell $10,000, while he (Mohammed) would pay the Naira equivalent of the Dollars to him,” the statement partly read.

He further alleged that when Isa requested a Dollar account where the money would be paid into, he was provided with a Wells Fargo Bank account number 4861511475.

Upon receipt of the money paid by one Thomas Joyner in the United States of America into the Dollar account, EFCC said he made a transfer of ₦3.5million being the Naira equivalent of the Dollars into Isa’s account in a new generation bank.

He, however, said that the said sum of $10,000 was reversed from the Wells Fargo account by the bank on the grounds that the transaction was unauthorized and fraudulent.

 

The statement added, “Investigations revealed that Isa allegedly made those transactions on behalf of the suspect, who confessed to being involved in scamming unsuspecting victims and defrauding them of huge sums of money.

“Isa further claimed that he had approached the complainant based on a call he received from one Muttaka Idris to help him provide account details in the USA, where Dollars could be paid into.

“Idris, when apprehended by the EFCC, also claimed that when he received the Wells Fargo account details, he gave it to one Jamil Na-Allah, who had called to also ask him for it.”

In his statement, Na-Allah, also a BDC operator, revealed that he got a call from the suspect, who informed him that he wanted to sell $10,000 and asked for a US account, where the money would be paid into.

Na-Allah further claimed that, upon the payment of the money into the account, the sum of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) was paid into his (Na-Allah) account, out of which he transferred the sum of N2, 730,000.00 (Two Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) into the suspect’s account after he had taken his share and that of Idris from it.

He also claimed that all efforts to retrieve the money from the suspect, after he had been informed that the money was reversed from the bank, proved abortive.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

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27 April 2021