The Economic and financial crime commission (Efcc) in collaboration with the FBI, has arrested one of those wanted on federal bureau of investigation’s list that is said to be in connection with an allegation of international fraud that was linked to about seven-nine Nigerians most of which are in Nigeria and are allegedly receiving money from aboard on behalf of their counterpart back in the united states
A statement obtained from the commission's verified facebook account and signed by its head of zonal office, Abdullahi Lawal states that the operatives from its zonal office in Sokoto arrested one Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin in Kaduna, who indeed is on the wanted list of the FBI
It zonal head, Abdullahi Lawal while parading the suspects in Sokoto yesterday explained that the suspect was arrested in kaduna in a luxury house believed to proceed of fraud
Items recovered include iPhone, Mercedes Benz E550, Mercedes BenzC450, laptops, modem and sim cards
Lawal was quoted as saying the suspect and his accomplices both in Nigeria and overseas acquired retirement account information (RAI) and personally identifiable information of multiple victims.
He said the information was then used to fraudulently wire funds newly created business banks accounts tied to the fraudulently created business
“The proceed were then converted into currency Bitcoin precisely adding that the suspects and his cohort was identified in an ongoing computer intrusion investigation in the United States”
He said preliminary investigation had so far revealed that about N 1, 437, 889, 157.15 passed through the suspect’s accounts and the commission has also traced the sum of N 70, 000,000.00 he invested somewhere. Efforts are on to recover the money.
The commission also arrest one muzakkir Muhammad through one of his sister agencies in connection with the alleged case of obtaining money under false pretences and production of fake currencies
The suspect accordingly was reported by one of his victim, Abdullahi Ibrahim after he had defrauded another victim known as Samaila Sani a Bureau de change operator to the tune of $33,850.
First complainant, Ibrahim alleged that Muzakri Muhammad collected the sum of N2, 350,000 from him on the pretext of producing $100,000 for him, which neither produced nor refunded the Naira equivalent given to him
Search was conducted in the suspect home and several incriminating items which the suspect used in luring and defrauding his victims were recovered adding that the house was marked by operatives of the commission.
"His method is to make his victims believe that he possesses some form of super natural abilities to communicate with Spirits, while in the actual sense of it, they are just some classic tricks he uses to deprive them of their hard earnings."
Also, the Commission paraded four Sokoto, local government officials who defrauded civil servants on the payroll by deducting irregular amount of monies from their salaries through State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) since 2013.
The Suspects are; Ishaka Abdullahi (Education Secretary), Abdullahi Idris (Deputy Education Secretary), Abdullahi Dadi (Cashier), and Idris Wamabai (Accountant) as the culprits.
Lawal said Investigation commenced in a team of operatives dispatched to Sabon Brini LGEA, which resulted in the recovery of several documents and arrest of the suspects.
He said suspects would soon be charged to court.