When the report was made, policemen detained Henry, then stormed Biggies residence and arrested him as well as his friends and accomplices ie Stephen Onwunama, Jacob Chukwuka and two others. The arrests took place on Saturday 3 September 2016.
Narrating how the drama began, Henry said:
“Biggie is the one owing me. We had a $7,090 deal and he refused to give me my 80 percent share of the money and so, I took the payment slip to the police to report. We do yahoo business (Internet fraud). It was my deal. He is the picker and so, his share is 20 percent.
“Picker is the person who receives the money and sends to Nigeria. He has contacts in America who pick the money and send through money transfer. I have been doing this business for some years now to survive, but this was my major breakthrough and he refused to give me my money.
“It is dating that we do. We use Match, Facebook and other sites,”
On his own part, Biggie announced:
“Henry alleged me. He gave me a transaction of N300,000 which did not click and he went to the police to claim that I was a kidnapper and a fraudster. He left what we were doing and started talking rubbish.
“Whoever gave him that receipt he took to the police was just deceiving him.
“I do Facebook loto. We tell victims that if they pay $800 they will win $100,000. Most of our victims are white people because they are greedy.”
“They found nothing on me. They searched my phones and laptop and they didn’t see anything that has to do with fraud in it.
“I was just visiting my friend and I have spent two weeks in his place. I was to go back to Asaba on Sunday before I was arrested on Saturday. I don’t know how it is an offence to be a friend to a fraudster,”
“I was at my house when I heard that the police were at Kenneth’s place to arrest him that he was a kidnapper and a fraudster.
“So, I went there with my younger brother to explain that I know him. That he was not a kidnapper. That’s how I was also arrested. I did not do anything wrong. I have never been a criminal in my life.”