Federal High Court grant PSFU’s Prayers directing UBA and Zenith Bank to reverse proceeds of Fraud traced to its customers’ Accounts.
A. The Legal Section of Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) under the stewardship of CP. Anyasinti Josephine Nneka had obtained an Order of the Federal High Court, Lagos; directing United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Zenith International Bank Plc to reverse the sums of Thirteen Million Naira (N13,000,000.00) and Two Million Naira (N2,000,000.00) to Source Accounts where it was fraudulently obtained.
The proceeds of the fraud, which was meant for the purchase of Chinese Yuan for the victim was traced to UBA Account Number 1023240381, Account Name: Alibababa Information Trading and Zenith International Bank Account Number 1016167633, Account Name: Guang Dong Shou Wang Trading.
PSFU quickly placed a lien on the accounts in order to prevent the monies from being dissipated while an order of the Federal High Court was obtained to reverse the funds.
Operatives of the Unit are on the trial of one Mrs. Lilly (surname unknown) and other suspects involved in the crime.
B. Business Email Compromise (BEC): PSFU recovers N28,000,000.00 via Court Order.
On the 2nd of November, 2022, the Federal High Court, Lagos; granted the prayers of ASP. Daniel Apochi, Esq. of PSFU for the reversal of Twenty-Eight Million Naira (N28,000,000.00) being part of Thirty Million Naira (N30,000,000.00) transferred to UBA Account Number 1013160804 (Account Name: Diemo Dinolarge Onokpite). The Acount Holder is the Managing Director of Dino-Large Limited and member of a Cyber/Advance Fee Fraud syndicate who hacked into the computers of a New-Generation Deposit Money Bank and successfully harvested customers’ data.
The harvested information was used to generate cloned e-mails through which fake instruction for the transfer of Twenty-Eight Million Naira (N28,000,000.00) to the account of Diemo Dinolarge was given.
Operatives of the Unit, while utilizing its existing synergy with the victims’ and suspects’ Banks; swiftly placed Post-No-Debit (PND) on the account while the Federal High Court was approached to reverse the money. The sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000.00) had been dissipated before the PND was emplaced while the remaining Twenty-Eight Million Naira (N28,000,000.00) was recovered by the Order of the Court.
Diemo Dinolarge who acts as “Picker” for the syndicate was tracked and arrested as investigation continues to apprehend other members of his syndicate.
C. Operations Manager Diverted Company’s AGO worth Thirty-Five Million Naira (N35,000,000.00), obtained Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) Life Insurance Policy and Built Properties in Imo and Lagos States.
On the 4th of November, 2022; the Unit charged one Emeka Cyriacus Onyenuforo to Court for offences bordering on Fraudulent Conversion and Stealing of Thirty-Five Million Naira (N35,000,000.00) belonging to his employer; Made Global Entertainment Limited.
The suspect, being the Operations Manager of the Oil & Gas Company, in charge of Distribution and Sale diverted thousands of litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) worth the alleged sum to collaborators who sold same and re-routed the proceeds back to him (after deducting their commission) via personal Bank Accounts and that of family and friends.
The fraud was uncovered when internal audit revealed persistent and unexplained shortages in stock. PSFU investigation unearthed six (6) accounts belonging to the suspect and his collaborators which was used to receive payments for the diverted stolen AGO.
Investigation also revealed that the suspect utilized the proceeds of the fraud to obtain a Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) Life Insurance Police, built 2-Units of 3-Bedroom Bungalows in Imo State, 3 Mini-flats (fully completed) and 16-Units of another Mini-flat at Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Efforts are on-going to apprehend other suspects who aided the commission of the crime.
D. Case of Obtaining Money by False Pretence, Stealing and Fraudulent Conversion:
The PSFU has charged Sanni Abimbola Olive (Female, 39 years), Shedrack Babatunde Anjorin (Male, 68 years) and Prof. Yusufu Ameh Obaje (Male, 74 years) before the Lagos Federal High Court for Conspiracy, Stealing and Obtaining the sum of Thirty-Four Million Naira (N34,000,000.00) by False Pretence from an Oil & Gas Servicing Firm.
The money was obtained in two (2) tranches of Twenty-Seven Million Naira (N27,000,000.00) and Seven Million Naira (N7,000,000.00) supposedly to finance a contract awarded by NNPC to Golden Bimby Nigeria Limited/Sanni Abimbola Olive. The documents relating to the contract and landed property used as collateral for the credit facility were found to be forged.
Suspects have been charged to the Federal High Court, Lagos on a 3-count charge as earlier stated.
E. Federal High Court Dismiss Fundamental Human Rights Suit Filed Against PSFU, Award Damages Against the Applicant
My Lord, Honourable Justice I. N. Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has dismissed a Fundamental Human Rights Enforcement Suit filed by one Chief John Njoku of Jonco Pharmaceutical Company against the Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police (PSFU); CP. Anyasinti Josephine Nneka and operatives who investigated a case of Fraudulent Diversion/Conversion valued at Two Hundred and Twenty-Three Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Six US Dollars and Fifteen Cents ($223,896.15) reported by Gujarat Ligui Pharmaceuticals; a company based in India. The Court, concluded that the application of Chief John Njoku is without merit also awarded a cost of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) against the Applicant.
The Fundamental Rights Suit is in furtherance to the arrest of Chief John Njoku by PSFU for offences bordering on Fraudulent Conversion/Diversion of drugs worth Two Hundred and Twenty-Three Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Six US Dollars and Fifteen Cents ($223,896.15) supplied to his company for distribution/sale by Gujarat Ligui Pharmacaps of India.
Chief John Njoku initially claimed the products expired before landing at the ports but later retracted to blame bad economy and rise in United States Dollar for his inability to remit the proceeds of sale of the products to his Indian partner.
E(ii) A Fundamental Human Rights Suit filed by Ambassador Oluyemi Sowemimo against the PSFU before Honourable Justice A.O. Opesanwo (Mrs.) of the Lagos State High Court has been strucked out for “want of diligent prosecution”
Ambassador Olufemi Sowemimo is a suspect in a case of Conspiracy, Obtaining by False Pretence and Issuance of Dud Cheques. The Ambassador, using a company linked to him; Accessfield Nigeria Limited, connived with Saad Sidique and others to fraudulently obtained 94,400 litres of AGO (Diesel) from SOG Petroleum Company Limited. The product was guaranteed with Accessfield Nigeria Limited’s post-dated cheques which were returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.
The suspect repeatedly failed to honour the Police Invitations extended to him by the Unit, but choosed to approach the Court on spurious allegations.
SP. EYITAYO JOHNSON
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
POLICE SPECIAL FRAUD UNIT
IKOYI – LAGOS.