Fraudsters dupe Former Rep of $1.3 million

The Nigerian Police has through the Special Fraud Unit re-arraigned four suspected fraudsters on Monday before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

The arrested fraudsters according to the police werea alleged to have obtained the sum of $1.362 million and N46.533 million under false pretence from a former House of Representative member, Eseme Eyiboh.

The suspects, Izekor Osatohanmwen Ogiemonyi, alias Prince Joshua Akenzua; Stephen Victor, alias James Ajayi; Bolade Babatunde, alias Honourable Lawal Adewunmi; and Jimoh Saka, alias Tola Ajayi appearing before Muslim Hassan of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court were called upon in a charge marked FHC/L/435c/2017.

The case was filed before the court by E. A. Jackson, a Chief Superintendent of Police revealed that the arriagned suspects along with others who are now at large conspired amongst themselves between June 2016 and August 2017 at Jatoz Royal Hotel, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos, to approach Mr. Eyiboh representing Eket Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State as accredited representatives of International Foreign Exchange Monitoring Agency/Bureau in Nigeria.

The accused persons were charged of fraudulently collecting the sums of $1.362 million in three tranches of $1.230 million, $20, 000, and $112, 000, as well as N46, 533 million from Mr. Eyiboh while pretending they could deliver vehicles and industrial machines at affordable and official exchange rates.

The Police further alleged that one Mr. Saka, the fourth respondent in the case provided the bank accounts domiciled in First Bank, Diamond Bank, and First City Monument Bank into which said amounts were paid.

The suspects are found in error according to Sections 8(a), 1(1)(a) and 8(9), and punishable under Sections 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No.14 of 2006.

However, all accused persons named in the case pleaded not guilty to the charges.