A 29-year-old man, Henry Ogu and his accomplice Yunusa Okonkwo, 42 have been arrested by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Ikoyi, Lagos for allegedly duping an American woman the sum of N52.5m ($350000).
The suspects, Henry and Okonkwo
The victim who lives in New Jersey claimed to have met Henry sometime in April 3013 on a dating site and they both started a relationship. She said she sent $350,000.00 to two account numbers provided by Henry who had told her he was having financial trouble in Nigeria.
In a statement by the SFU Police Public Relations Officer DSP Ngozi Isintume-Agu, she said the unit had received a petition via email from the victim and after investigation, the police found out the account belonged to Okonkwo who was arrested. After which he led the police to Henry, the prime suspect.
Upon interrogation, Okonkwo confessed to being the owner of the account numbers which was used for the illicit transactions. He later converted the money to naira which he sent to another account number in Diamond bank with account name Raydeus Synergy Nigeria Limited which Henry gave to him.
Okonkwo, who was a patent medicine dealer and also ran a Bureau De Change added that he had deducted his commission of N2 per dollar before paying the money to Henry.
Henry also confessed to the crime, saying he had spent all the money. He used N9m to purchase a heavy duty generator which has been recovered by the police. He also purchased a plot of land for N800,000 along the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and the cash sum of N2m was also recovered from him.
Investigation is still ongoing as efforts are being made to recover the the remaining money gotten from the fraud and the suspects will be charged to court to serve as a deterrent to others.
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