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EFCC arrests ‘pilot’ over alleged N1 billion fraud

EFCC has arrested a suspect who claimed to be a pilot for collecting N1.02 billion under false pretence.

• February 21, 2024
EFCC Officials used to illustrate the story
EFCC Officials used to illustrate the story

EFCC has arrested a suspect who claimed to be a pilot for collecting N1.02 billion under false pretence.

EFCC’s spokesman, Dele Oyewale, stated on Tuesday in Abuja that a petitioner claimed that the suspect was introduced to him in December 2023 for a N1.02 billion foreign exchange transaction.

“The petitioner allegedly paid the money into the suspect’s account to offer him its dollar equivalent. He explained that the suspect furnished him with evidence of the dollar payment, which turned out to be fake as he never received any such payment,’’ Mr Oyewale stated.

He added that preliminary investigation showed that the suspect diverted the money to his personal use as he bought the landed property for the start-up of his purported airline services company.

The EFCC spokesman also stated that the suspect allegedly bought three 18-seater Toyota Hiace buses on which he imprinted the logo of the aviation services company, while four exotic cars were traced to him.

“He would be charged in court at the conclusion of investigations,’’ Mr Oyewale assured. 

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