A suspected fraudster that impersonated Barrister Wilson Amarachi, Secretary to Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
John Nze Madu was arrested at Diamond Bank, Ojodu branch, Lagos, where he went to make withdrawals with an ATM card.
Investigation showed that Madu defrauded a Chinese national, Wu Qingzhu, of the sum of Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty American Dollars ($5,380) when he allegedly posed as Barrister Wilson Amarachi and deceived the Chinese into believing that he had outstanding payments to collect for contracts executed for the Nigerian Government.
This, he achieved by presenting the Chinese with fake documents from high ranking Nigerian officials. He allegedly used different email addresses, two documents purportedly from Daily Sun Newspaper, an official gazette purportedly signed by President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, David Mark and an international passport data page purportedly belonging to Amarachi.
Madu contacted Qingzhu through an online message, informing him that he was expected to open a non-residence account in Nigeria and make payment of $300 (Three Hundred United States Dollars). Qingzhu complied and made two other payments: $1,430 (One Thousand Four Hundred and Thirty United States Dollars) and $3,650 (Three Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), through Western Union.
Madu was arrested at the bank premises where he went to withdraw proceeds of his fraudulent activities.
He would be charged to court after investigations are concluded, according to the EFCC.
A four storey building under construction located at Bashiru Street, off Isheri road in Lagos, South West Nigeria caved in on Tuesday afternoon killing one worker.
There are fears that some workers are trapped under the rubbles but the rescue team is making efforts to rescue them.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning, Toyin Ayinde who is leading rescue efforts said heavy duty earth moving equipment have been deployed to help rescue victims of the collapse building.
The building is located about 200 meters away from the office of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ojodu and officials of the organization have also moved in to help beef up rescue exercise.
According to Mr Ayinde, it’s too quick to conclude what may have caused the building collapse, but the structure was approved by the federal ministry of housing.