Operatives of the Special Fraud Unit have arrested four people, including two staff of Skye Bank PLC in connection with internet fraud , estimated to be around $50, 000.
The suspects: John Akobundu, Nnamdi Dike, Olawale Ogunniran and Sani Ismaila were said to have been conniving to dupe unsuspecting female citizens of America in the last two years.
Olawale Ogunnirani and Nnamdi Dike, who are staff of Skye Bank at Allen Avenue, Lagos and a branch of the bank at Owerri, Imo State respectively, allegedly assisted Uche in fraudulently withdrawing money without due process.
A 400 level student of Imo State University, who was described as the main suspect in the crime has also been arrested by the police
Ngozi Isintume – Agu, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of SFU said that the arrest of the suspects was as a result of a petition from a US national, identified as Amelia Brosick, who is also a victim of the fraud
According to her, Uche used a pseudo name, Devon Miles, an America citizen, to lure his victims into a relationship, dupe them of their moneys and then dump them.
Uche, according to police, succeeded in collecting the sum of $16 439 from Amelia, before it occurred to her that she had fallen prey to a fraudster.
Other victims of the suspect include: Jettie Simpson, Shelly Bashir, Billie Klock and Aurea Desena. All had in the last two years sent a total of $30 000 to Uche.
Investigations revealed that Uche had lied to his victims that he was 49 years old and that he was in Nigeria for business transactions
The main suspect, admitted to have committed the crime but said that he did not do anything “tangible” with the money.
According to him, he lied to some of his victims that he was stranded in Nigeria and that his daughter had an accident.
Nnamdi reportedly opened an account in his father’s name, Joseph Samuel with which he withdrew money that was sent through Western Union Money Transfer.
The other banker Ogunniran Akintunde allegedly paid money to Devon Miles, through Bala, an errand boy with a Bureau de Change in Ikeja , without adhering to the rules and regulations , governing such transactions.
The commissioner in charge of SFU, Tunde Ogunsakin, noted with dismay “the increasing incidence of cyber crime in Nigeria, urging Nigerians and foreigners to report any suspicious internet fraud through the unit’s website on [email protected]