The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two alleged fraudsters for duping an investor from a Middle East country.
It was gathered that the duo of Mr. Victor Uadiale and Captain Everest Nnaji allegedly defrauded the investor of $7.9m.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said Uadiale, the principal suspect, was the arrow head of an international syndicate that specialised in defrauding international businessmen seeking investment opportunities in Nigeria.
He explained that the Uadiale invited the businessman to invest in the oil sector in Nigeria.
Uwujaren said, “Using a pseudo name ? Victor Emeka ? he made the investor to visit Nigeria and received him at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and thereafter flew him in a helicopter to a destination where he reportedly met a certain Mr. Grant, a member of the syndicate, who assured him of the credibility of the business arrangement.”
It was learnt that after being convinced that his host (Uadiale) was real and the business promising, the investor started paying money in foreign currency into Uadiale’s offshore accounts.
The EFCC spokesman said, “A sum of $1.3m was traced to a Barclay’s Bank (United Kingdom) account of Captain Nnaji Everest, a member of Uadiale’s syndicate.
The sum of N1.6m; N1.3m; E894; and $275 were traced to Uadiale’s accounts with one of the new generation banks in Nigeria and another E391.93 in another local bank.”
It was gathered that Uadiale initially denied meeting or transacting any business with the foreign investor.
“He was, however, nailed by a business associate of the investor who identified him as the fraudster that duped the investor and led operatives of the EFCC to the private residence of Uadiale in Festac Town, Lagos,” Wilson said.
He added that both Uadiale and Nnaji would soon be charged to court.