The Special Fraud Unit, Milverton, Ikoyi, Lagos State has arrested four people, including two officials of Skye Bank, over alleged internet fraud.
The money involved in the fraud is estimated to be around $50,000.
An undergraduate of Imo State University, 400 level, Uche Akobundu, who was described as the main suspect in the crime, had also been arrested by detectives from the Unit.
The four persons: Uche Akobundu, Nnamdi Dike, Olawale Ogunniran and Sani Ismaila were said to have in the last two years connived in duping an unsuspecting female citizen of the United States of America.
Olawale Ogunnirani and Nnamdi Dike, who are the two staff members of Skye Bank, Allen Avenue, Lagos State and Owerri, Imo State branch respectively, allegedly assisted Uche in withdrawing the fraud money without following due process.
SFU’s spokesperson, Ngozi Isintume-Agu, explained that the arrest of the suspects was as a result of a petition from a US national, Amelia Brosick, one of the victims of the fraud.
According to Isintume-Agu, Uche used a pseudo name, Devon Miles, posing as an American citizen, to lure his victim into a relationship, before dispossessing the victims of their money.
Uche allegedly succeeded in collecting $16,439 from Brosick before it occurred to her that she had fallen prey to a professional fraudster.
Other victims included Jettie Simpson, Shelly Bashir, Billie Klock and Aurea Desena, who all sent about $30,000 to Uche in the last two years.
According to SFU investigation, Uche had lied to his victims that he was a 49-year-old and that he was in Nigeria for business transactions.
Uche, who confessed to the crime, said that he did not do anything “tangible” with the money.
He said that he used to lie to some of his victims that he was stranded in Nigeria or that his daughter had an accident.
Nnamdi allegedly opened an account in his father’s name (Joseph Samuel), with which he withdrew money that was sent through Western Union Money Transfer.
The other banker, Ogunniran Akintunde, was said to have paid money to Devon Miles, through Bala, an errand boy with a Bureau de Change in Ikeja, Lagos State, without adhering to the rules and regulations governing such transactions.
Commissioner of Police, SFU, Tunde Ogunsakin, said he was worried by the increasing incidence of cyber crime in Nigeria.
Ogunsakin urged Nigerians and foreigners to report any suspicious fraud on the internet by visiting the unit’s website at: [email protected]