Operatives of the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested a 38-year-old suspected fraudster, identified as Saheed Mosadoluwa Abdulahi, alias Ibile, for allegedly defrauding his clients, a Chinese company, of N165,480,000.
The suspect was arrested following a petition against him by Akande and Akande Chambers on behalf of her clients JI Chu Industries Nigeria Limited.
The petition, which was received by SFU on November 8, according to the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Lawal Audu, read: “The suspect, who operates with the business name BMTC Logistics, obtained N165,480,000 on the pretext of transferring $400,000 to JI Chu’s business partner in China.
“As soon as the suspect received the said sum, he generated a fake telex transfer slip and gave same to the complainant as proof of transfer of the money to China.
“The complainant contacted his business partner in China, but was told that no transfer was made.”
Parading the suspect at the SFU Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos, ASP Audu said when the detectives received the petition they stormed the suspect’s resident in Makodo, where various incriminating items, including 30 international passports, four exotic vehicles, supposedly bought with proceeds from the fraud, were found.
According to the SFU spokesman, a shrine containing assorted charms and other fetish substances was also discovered in his bedroom, sitting room and wardrobe.
He added that each chair in his sitting room contained charms, which he supposedly used to hypnotise his clients.
The spokesman further stated that their investigation showed that the suspect has been involved in numerous criminal activities ranging from illegal bank transfers, hacking, visa racketeering, issuance of fake academic certificate, among others.
The image-maker further disclosed that the suspect had been operating fake freight forwarding at the air and sea ports.
Speaking further, ASP Audu said the suspect was neither a licensed Bureau De Change operator nor a licensed Customs’ clearing agent as he claimed.
The suspect told Vanguard: “I am not a fraudster, but a businessman and traditional worshipper. As a Yoruba man, I have the right to do juju to protect myself and my people.
“I preserve all these things myself. They have nothing to do with my business and I have never used human blood. I only use goats and other animals’ blood.”
He also said he had been doing business with the complainant for more than one year.
On the seizure of his international passport by the police operatives, which he complained bitterly about, the PRO said police have the right to seize any incriminating document found in the course of carrying out their search duty.