EFCC smashes fraud syndicate, recovers fake $570,000

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested members of a syndicate of fraudsters made up of four Nigerians and one Nigerien that specialises in duping innocent persons of their hard earned monies.

The EFCC in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, identified the suspects as: Salisu Rabiu, otherwise known as Maimagani; Ibrahim Idris, alias Dankano; Magaji Musa (Nigerien) who goes by the nickname Maishayi; Haruna Abdullahi,a.k.a Balogun and Abubakar Umar ,a.k.a Fulani.

The suspects were arrested in a bush along Sabon Gari, Kurmin Kogi, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

“A search of their hide out which is suspected to be a kidnappers’ den led to the startling discovery of a sum of $570,000 and some charms,” the commission said.

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The suspects

According to the EFCC, the suspects met their waterloo when they conspired among themselves to lure an unsuspecting victim into believing that some unclaimed boxes containing huge amount of dollars were kept with some herdsmen believed to be accomplices by an unidentified politician.

Doubtful of the story, the would-be victim contacted the commission.

The operatives of the anti-graft agency upon receipt of the intelligence swung into action and arrested the gang members in their hideouts.

“The commission wishes to use this opportunity to warn members of the public to be wary of any get-rich-quick offer in order not to be a victim of scam. However, those who had fallen victim to the nefarious activities of this syndicate are enjoined to report to the commission’s office located at No.4 Wurno Road Kaduna State,” the EFCC said.

Source – Punch

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