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EFCC arrests two suspects for N77.7m, N24.6m fraud


Operatives from the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested one Emmanuel Obiyan for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence and diversion of funds to the tune of N77, 773, 700.

This development was contained in a statement by the anti-graft agency on its official website.

According to the EFCC, the complainants, Stephen Chinemelum and Emeka Chinemelum, alleged that their late father, Daniel Chinemelum, sometime in July 2015, entered into a partnership agreement and also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Obiyan for the formation of Fedan Courtyard Home Services Limited, a real estate company.

The late Chinemelum, who was the Principal Partner, according to the complainants, allegedly paid the sum of N52, 000, 000. 00 (Fifty- two Million Naira) into the suspect’s Zenith Bank account number 1011861572 as an equity contribution to the business.

The complainants further alleged that the suspect failed to render account of the business at the expiration of the five-year duration of the agreement.

Efforts by the complainants to retrieve the money proved abortive, thereby necessitating the complaint to the Commission.

In a similar development, the EFCC operatives also arrested one Rasaki Wasiu Adeyiga for an alleged fraud to the tune of N24, 260,000 .00 (Twenty-four Million, Two-hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira).

Adeyiga allegedly presented himself to the complainant, Ahmed Garba Shinkafi, as a businessman dealing in the importation of automobiles from the United States of America and Europe.

The complainant alleged that he paid the sum of N25m, for the purchase of a Lexus SUV, into the suspect’s account number 0136968208 domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

According to an investigation by the EFCC, the suspect, however, reneged on his promise and diverted the money to his personal use.

The anti-graft agency noted that both suspects will soon be tried in a court of law.

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