EFCC Places Prison Inmate Under Watch Over 419 Activities

EFCC Places Prison Inmate Under Watch Over 419 Activities

…Arrests ‘Investor’ for Alleged $154,146 Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, said it is intensifying investigations into the shady activities of one Adeolu Adeyanju, a serial fraudster, who in spite of being behind bars is still defrauding unsuspecting individuals.

His fraudulent activities from the prison yard, the commission said, came to the fore after a complainant, a friend to an unnamed director at the Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC), in a petition, accused Adeyanju of conning him into parting with N9 million.

His modus operandi was to clone the telephone number of the director, using same to instruct the petitioner to “make a payment for 50 trucks of petroleum products to Detwinx Global Services Limited”, which he did.

But after receiving the money, Adeyanju found a way to get N7.4 million transferred to a bureau de change operator, who converted same to its dollar equivalent, while keeping N1.5 million in his personal account.

The suspect was said to have several aliases with which he uses to defraud people, and at the moment also has cases pending before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Police.

The statement added that EFCC plans to arraign the suspect as soon as investigations are concluded.

Also, the statement recalled that on February 9, 2017, it arrested one Benjamin Aduli for alleged criminal breach of trust and obtaining by false pretence.

The EFCC said its operatives got wind of his  nefarious activities through a petition by one of his victims who claimed that Aduli claimed he could “help source for a loan facility of $30 million in Dubai” to finance Fleet Farms, a company belonging to the petitioner.

Having convinced the potential investor of the “good deal”, he demanded for a contributory fee of $154,146 which he claimed would be remitted to ABA investment LLC in Dubai as “a condition for accessing the loan”.

Not sensing any foul play, the petitioner paid the said sum to a Micro Finance Bank on the instruction of Aduli, for onward remittance as promised.

However, since payment was made, no loan was provided for the petitioner, while the money was never returned as soon as investigations elapsed.