Suspected fraudster arrested over $1million scam

Suspected fraudster arrested over $1million scam

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Find the EFCC Press statement below

A
suspected fraudster, Adekunle Balogun a.k.a Malan Salihu, has been
arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over
fraudulent dealings involving the sum of $1million USD.

The
44-year- old Ordinary Diploma certificate holder in Textile and
Polymer Technology was picked up by operatives of the Commission in
Lagos for allegedly duping one Precious Chukwuma Emelue of N100million by deceiving him into
believing that, he would assist him in retrieving a sum of
$1million from a Pakistani bank:

Kan-Cern Limited, which payment was allegedly stopped by the
International Monetary Fund, IMF.

Emelue claimed that, in 2012, he met one Mr. Perry Kandoharty (a Diplomat with the Pakistani High Commission) in Lagos.

In
the course of their discussions, Emelue told Kandoharty that he was
widely experienced in deep sea fishing. And after much deliberation,
they both agreed to work together on a business.

Emelue would
provide land for a fish processing factory in Nigeria and space for the
development of fish ponds. Emelue claimed that Kandoharty sent him a
mail informing him of a deposit of $1,000,000.00 into Kan -Cern Limited.
It was this fund, allegedly stopped by IMF, which Balogun made him
believe he could pull out for him.

In the course of his dealings
with Emelue, Balogun allegedly obtained money in different instalments
from him “to obtain certificates from authorities” handling drug,
anti-terrorism and money laundering issues.

The suspect is also
alleged to have impersonated the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim
Lamorde and used his name to extort his victm. But Balogun denies that
he impersonated the EFCC Chair.

“I didn’t call myself Lamorde.
What I told him was that Lamorde was a Lion and I’m the only tiger that
can approach him”, he said.
Several items were recovered from him
during a search of his house. They include documents bearing the names
of the State Security Service, SSS; Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN; and
Insurance companies among others.

Balogun would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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