Five arrested for swindling bureau de change operator of N92m

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbon, Dasuki Galadanchi, has paraded five suspects for allegedly swindling a bureau de change operator, Churchill Udoh, of N92m in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

A spokesperson for the FCID, Oluniyi Ogundeyi, who spoke on behalf of Galadanchi during the parade, identified the suspects as Alexander Olusoga, Amelia Osakwe, Abraham Moses, Precious Odih, and Ezemo Gadiel.

He stated that the suspects were arrested when detectives from the Special Enquiry Bureau, FCID Annex, got a tip-off on the case.

Ogundeyi said, “On December 22, 2020, one Churchill Udoh, who is the Executive Officer, Westgate Bureau de Change Limited, was contacted by his former staff, Precious Odih, that one Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, who is a forex dealer, has $500,000 to sell.

“Then Churchill Udoh indicated interest to buy and after negotiating with Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, he transferred the sum of N92,000,000, being the naira equivalent of $200,000, into the Wema Bank account number, 0120733987, of Ametash Global Ventures on behalf of Ibrahim Yusuf, now at large.

“After the cash transfer, Churchill Udoh and Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf met at the NNPC Tower along Alfred Rewane Way, Ikoyi, Lagos, where the sum of $200,000, which later was suspected to be fake, was handed over to him. Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf asked Udoh to wait in the office while he returned the balance of $300,000 to the bank since Churchill only needed $200,000, and fled.

“Udoh was in the office at the NNPC Tower Ikoyi-Lagos, when a team of police detectives from the Special Enquiry Bureau, Force CID Annex, Lagos, acted aptly on a tip-off that some people were at the specific office to engage in an illegal forex transaction.

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“Five suspects were arrested in connection with this crime, while Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf is still at large. Upon interrogation, the suspects made confessional statements to the crime. We are searching for the fleeing Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf.”

All the suspects, however, denied involvement in the crime.

Olusoga said, “The N92m was transferred into my account and when I was apprehended, my account was blocked immediately and N44.5m was transferred back to the company Mr Churchill represented.

“I also acted on the instruction of Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf when I transferred the remaining N47.5m to various accounts which were already blocked. All the money is accounted for and a court order has been obtained to transfer the remaining money back to Mr Churchill’s company account. So, saying that we stole N92m is a misrepresentation because N92m is not missing.”

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