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Suspected fraudster Nabbed over $1m scam


(EFCC) A suspected fraudster, Adekunle Balogun a.k.a Malan Salihu, has been arrested  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over fraudulent dealings involving the sum of $1million.

The 44- year- old Ordinary Diploma certificate holder in Textile and Polymer Technology was picked up by operatives of the Commission in Lagos for allegedly duping one Precious Chukwuma Emelue of N100, 000,000.00 (One Hundred Million Naira only) by deceiving him into believing that, he would assist him in retrieving a sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USD) from a Pakistani bank: Kan-Cern Limited, which payment was allegedly stopped by the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

Emelue claimed that, in 2012, he met one Mr. Perry Kandoharty (a Diplomat with the Pakistani High Commission) in Lagos.

In the course of their discussions, Emelue told Kandoharty that he was widely experienced in deep sea fishing. And after much deliberation, they both agreed to work together on a business.

Emelue would provide land for a fish processing factory in Nigeria and space for the development of fish ponds. Emelue claimed that Kandoharty sent him a mail informing him of a deposit of $1,000,000.00 into Kan -Cern Limited. It was this fund, allegedly stopped by IMF, which Balogun made him believe he could pull out for him.

In the course of his dealings with Emelue, Balogun allegedly obtained money in different instalments from him "to obtain certificates from authorities" handling drug, anti-terrorism and money laundering issues.

The suspect is also alleged to have impersonated the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde and used his name to extort his victim. But Balogun denies that he impersonated the EFCC Chair.

"I didn't call myself Lamorde. What I told him was that Lamorde was a Lion and I'm the only tiger that can approach him", he said.

Several items were recovered from him during a search of his house. They include documents bearing the names of the State Security Service, SSS; Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN; and Insurance companies among others.

Balogun would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Akinlabi olawumi

    November 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    this peopl should please stop spoiling our name

    • Darlinton Omeh

      November 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Will it ever stop? Everyday drug pushers are being arrested with many sentenced to death. Yes, you see them moving it everyday. Nigerians can risk everything for crime but risk nothing for noble deeds

  2. ope adediran

    November 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    good for him, hope this serves as a lesson to others

  3. gin

    November 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    they did a good job but $1 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions being stolen by shameless conscience’less’ politicians and not a soul have been arrested by efcc

  4. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    it’s always easy to catch normal citizen that scams, steals money but the same can not be said for all these politicians, am not preaching that waht he did was right but the so called efcc should also extend such aggression in catch and sentencing these wicked politician that emblezzles our money on a daily basis….please charity necgins at home so let them clean the politicians first

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