EFCC arrests ‘driver’ for alleged $17.5m Lagos advance fee fraud and recovers fake banknotes

EFCC arrests

Officers from the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested a suspected fraudster, Olabanji Aluko, for an alleged fraud of $17.5 million.

Aluko, who claimed to be a driver, was arrested on Wednesday, September 8, 2022, at a popular restaurant in Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he had arranged a meeting with a petitioner, Colonel Remi Abdulrahman Adeyemo (retired).

Adeyemo, in his statement to the EFCC, claimed to have received a phone call from a man, simply identified as Ojo, who claimed to have known him a few years ago. Ojo, according to him, claimed that his son had started divorce proceedings in the United States of America, in the United States, and wanted to sell his properties to avoid losing them to his wife in the end.

He further alleged that Ojo requested his assistance in receiving said sum, being the proceeds of the sale of his son’s properties in the United States, allegedly assuring him that the money would be shipped from the United States, through the intermediary of a company, Loomis International, New York, and that a code would be sent to him, which he would present before being able to take possession of the said sum.

Adeyemo also claimed to have received another call, where he was told he would have to pay the sum of $5,700, the cost of local handling fees, in order to receive the money. Suspecting that Ojo was committing a criminal act, he reported the matter to the EFCC.

The EFCC, working on intelligence, swung into action which resulted in the arrest of the suspect as he was about to hand over the counterfeit notes worth $17.5 million to the petitioner .

The suspect will soon be brought to justice.

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