Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Two held for defrauding foreign investor N1.155b

The suspects.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested two men who allegedly defrauded a foreign investor of the sum of $7.9, equivalent of N1. 155b.
The suspects Mr. Victor Uadiale and Captain Nnaji Everest were said to have been arrested separately in connection to the scam.

According to the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Uadiale, the principal suspect, was the arrow head of the international syndicate, alleged to be versed in defrauding international businessmen seeking investment opportunities in Nigeria.

Uwujaren said: “Uadiale invited the investor, a businessman from the Middle East, to invest in the flourishing oil sector in Nigeria. Using a pseudo name: Victor Emeka, he made the investor to visit Nigeria and received him at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and thereafter flew him in a helicopter to a destination where he reportedly met a certain Mr. Grant, a member of the syndicate, who assured him of the credibility of the business arrangement. 

“Convinced that Uadiale was real and the business promising, the investor started paying money in foreign currency into Uadiale's offshore accounts where they are laundered into various bank accounts around the globe. A sum of $ 1.292,000 was traced to a Barclay's Bank, United Kingdom account of Captain Nnaji Everest, a member of Uadiale's syndicate.”
Uwujaren further revealed that the sum of N1, 599,602.58, N1, 241, 039, 00, 894.79 Pound Sterling and $275.30 were traced to Uadiale's accounts with one of the new generation banks in Nigeria and 391.93 Pound Sterling to another local bank. 

Uwujaren said that in the course of investigation, Uadiale denied meeting or transacting any business with the foreign investor.

“He was however nailed by a business associate of the investor who identified him as the fraudster who duped the investor and led operatives of the EFCC to the private residence of Uadiale in Festac Town, Lagos.  Both Uadiale and Everest will soon be charged to court,” said Uwujaren.

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