9 October 2018

Nigeria: Man Poses As EFCC Official to Swindle Company

A Suspected fraudster, Paschal Ugwu, who claims to be an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to swindle both local and foreign-based businessmen, has been arrested.

The suspect, according to the police, was arrested after he collected the sum of N805,000 from the Managing Director of Wire-My-Cake company located at Ijegun area of Isheri-Oshun, Lagos State, over an alleged case of fraud involving his company.

The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who confirmed the incident yesterday said the suspect met his waterloo on October 5, at Ijegun, after defrauding Wire-My-Cake Company. He said the suspect, two months before his arrest, while pretending to be an EFCC official, accused the company's CEO of defrauding GTBank.He further accused him that it was the proceeds of fraud that he used in setting up his company. Adding that the suspect did not only intimidate the company's CEO, he followed it up with accusations, and at the end of the day obtained N805,000 from the victim.

"Investigation was launched into the case by operatives of the command attached to Area 'F' Ikeja. This led to the arrest of one Sodiq Ibrahim, a dismissed employee of Wire-My-Cake Company, who connived with the suspect to defraud his former employer." He added that the two suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigation.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command yesterday morning arrested five trans-border robbers fleeing into Lagos after robbing an Ogun State-based haulage company's warehouse. A Cameroonian-born Ahmed Ibrahim, 33 and one Obinna, who along with three others now at large, led the nine-man robbery gang.The Lagos police boss, Edgal, while parading the suspects at the command headquarters, said they were intercepted at Toll Gate border of Lagos and Ogun by a patrol team of Rapid Response Squad stationed in the area. The team chased them when they refused to stop before they later halted at Meiran Junction, Lagos.

Apart from Ibrahim, four other members of the gang also arrested are: Kelechi Nebu, 30; Ndueso Sunday, 45; Tochukwu Egemuka, 33; and Obinna Oforkaja, 30. Items recovered from the robbers included: one Volvo truck with registration number KRD 515 XR, 13 unit of truck tyres, one refrigerator, 26 gallons of four-litre engine oil, 24 gallons of 25 litres of engine oil, two batteries, assorted charms, one cutlass and two knives.

According to the haulage company's security guard, Kenny Peters, "I was doing the rounds when they held me from behind. They wanted to shoot me first but one of them cautioned them. They macheted me in the forehead and beat me with all manners of rods including truck wheel spanners. They tied my hands to the back and carried me to one fence, thinking that I was dead.

They looted the company's store and were set to go when I woke up. I hung on to the back of the truck from Dalemo, Sango Ogun State to Toll Gate, where I saw RRS team. I alerted them and they chased the truck to Meiran, where they were forced to stop. Four of them fled while five were arrested."

According to sources within the company, the leader of the gang, Ahmed Ibrahim, was the brother of the firm's former security guard, who in a similar operation stole about 100 truck tyres from the company in August 2018.The leader of the gang confessed to have recruited Obinna, who mobilized seven more robbers for the operation. Police have already arrested the driver of the truck, Kudus Adebayo (33), while investigation is ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.


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