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EFCC arrest warrant for Italian, locals

24 October 2013, 07:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called for the arrest of an Italian, Mariani Albino, who the agency wants in connection with a case of obtaining money under false pretence, stealing and money laundering to the tune of N989 million (about US$6 million.)

The agency, in a press statement from Abuja, also declared it sought the arrest of two Nigerians, Nsika Usoro and Steve Bajo.

The two suspects, who were directors of Rigel Energy and Maritime Limited, are wanted for fraudulent conversion of the sum of N107 million belonging to So Energy, a subsidiary of the Sahara Group.

EFCC described Albino is a 53 years old, 5ft 3inches tall and fair in complexion.

It said the suspect spoke Italian and English languages fluently.

His last known address is No 9B, Ezekwuese Close, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

“The Commission implores anyone having useful information as to their whereabouts to contact its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices,” the commission stated.

Meanwhile, the Commission notified members of the public of a scheme of fraudsters that has been circulating fake EFCC petitions.

According to the agency, one such letter sent to the National Engineering Design and Development Institute in Anambra State and entitled, Investigation Activities: Letter of investigation reads thus:

“Acting on the petition against you and after preliminary investigation conducted by our operatives, and the need to invite you to the Commission’s Abuja office for a chat becomes imperative (sic). You are advice(sic) to call the Principal Detective Superintendent(PDS) Adeniyi in charge of this number for information, time and date of your appointment immediately you receive this letter. Failure to comply, the commission will assume you are already on the run while a manhunt will commence out rightly (sic).”

They said another letter with the same wording was also sent to the Chief Medical Director of a Teaching Hospital in Delta State.

“The similarity between these letters and many others that have come to the attention of the Commission clearly establish that this is the handiwork of a particular syndicate out to defraud unsuspecting chief executives of government agencies. Their targets are heads of government agencies and ministries in obscure locations, far removed from the cities where the EFCC offices are located.”

The Commission also to advised members of the public to discountenance any invitation letter purportedly emanating from the EFCC.

“No authentic EFCC invitation letters bears the telephone number of an operative. Also, members of the public should ignore any letter purportedly from the Commission that requires them to call anybody to discuss time and date of an appointment. An authentic EFCC letter of invitation would unambiguously state the date and time an invitee is expected to report and the full name of the officer he is to report to.”

– CAJ News


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