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EFCC nabs suspected fraudster over $17.5 million advance fee fraud

Mr Uwajaren said the suspect was intercepted on September 8 in Ikoyi, Lagos, during an arranged meeting with a petitioner, Colonel Remi Abdulrahman Adeyemo (retd.).

• September 15, 2022
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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have nabbed a suspected fraudster, Olabanji Aluko, while trying to swindle a retired army Colonel in Lagos 

This was disclosed by EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwajaren via Facebook on Thursday.

Mr Uwajaren said the suspect was intercepted on September 8 in Ikoyi, Lagos, during an  arranged meeting with a petitioner, Colonel Remi Abdulrahman Adeyemo (retd.).

“Adeyemo, in his statement to the EFCC, claimed that he received a phone call from a man, simply identified as Ojo, who claimed to have known him some years back. Ojo, according to him, claimed that his son had initiated a divorce process in the United States of America, USA,  and wanted to sell his properties to avoid losing them to his wife in the end.

“He further alleged that Ojo requested his assistance regarding receiving the said sum, being proceeds of the sale of his son’s properties in the US, allegedly assuring him that the money would be shipped from the US,  through a company, Loomis International, New York, and that a code would be sent to him, which he would present before he could take possession of the said sum.

“Adeyemo also claimed to have received another call, where he was told that he would have to pay the sum of $5,700, being the cost of local handling charges, in order to receive the money. Suspecting that Ojo was up to some foul play,  he  reported the case to the EFCC,” said the EFCC.

The suspect was nabbed while he was about to hand over the fake bills to the tune of $17.5 million to the petitioner.

The suspect will be charged to court accordingly, EFCC said.

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