- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation
- Preliminary investigations showed that Chukwuebuka and Chukwulenwa were dating scams and had successfully defrauded three Americans in the process
- The commission earlier arrested a bishop and suspected fraudster, Giniko Obi, for allegedly defrauding thousands of people of various sums of money in Edo state
Emerging reports by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt zonal office, claimed that they have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.
The suspects: Adugwe Rex Odinaka(aka Alhaji Ugly Rex), Igwe Prince Chukwuebuka (aka Trad Marley) and Ifeanyi Nicholas Chukwulenwa, were arrested in Omoku, Rivers state.
Preliminary investigations showed that Chukwuebuka and Chukwulenwa were dating scams and had successfully defrauded three Americans in the process.
Odinaka, on his part, engaged in “laundering of fraudulently obtained gift cards”, specifically iTunes and Amazon cards.
The suspects are operating in a syndicate. Other members of the syndicate are being tracked and funds fraudulently realized from the scam are also being tracked. The commission said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the EFCC, Benin zonal office arrested a bishop and suspected fraudster, Giniko Obi, for allegedly defrauding thousands of people of various sums of money running into millions of naira, in the guise of helping them “fight poverty”.
Obi, founder of Beloved Gideon Foundation, denied any involvement in fraud claiming that he was only “doing the will of God by trying to help the people fight poverty.”
According a statement released by the commission, the bishop said it was his desire and God's will to see people prosper that led him into operating what appears to be a Ponzi scheme.
He said: “We write books such as ‘24 Nuggets for Successful Living’, ‘36 Nuggets for Successful Living’, ‘48 Nuggets for Successful Living’.
''We organise seminars and conferences on how to be successful. We tell the people to subscribe to these publications. If you subscribe with N10, 800, we give you N15, 000. If you subscribe with N18, 000, we give you N23, 000. I had about 30,000 subscribers and I was paying them.”
According to him, when he left Agbor for Lagos, his desire was to expand his subscription base but his subscribers were impatient. He claimed. "If they allowed me to hold the conference in Lagos, I would have paid them.”
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