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EFCC to arraign 2 suspects over N31m scam

21 January 2013, 07:36

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will arraign a Malaysia-based Nigerian suspect and his Nigerian-based accomplice over N31 million scam on 21 January.

This is contained in a statement signed by the commission's spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in Lagos on Sunday.

According to the statement, the suspects will be arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos.

"They will be docked before Justice Mohammed Idris, on two separate charges of Money laundering and False Declaration of Assets," said the statement.

It stated that the principal suspect was the Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduates arrested by the EFCC in December 2012.

The statement stated that the 25-year-old suspect, an indigene of Okene, Kogi, claimed he is a Computer Science student at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia.

It noted that the suspects were arrested at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, following a tip-off.

"But the Commission’s investigation fingered him as the arrow head of an intricate web of Internet fraud scheme that traverses two continents," it added.

"His accomplice is a Bureau De Change operator. Through him, the principal suspect was able to launder proceeds of multiple scams to the tune of over N31 million.

"The duo enjoys a cozy business relationship that saw the accomplice travel to Malaysia twice between September and October 2012 at the instance of the principal suspect."

It said that when the suspect was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of items such as laptops, iPad phones, travelling documents and cheque books.

It said other items recovered were flash drives, Internet modem, and three exotic cars - a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.

"Operatives of the EFCC also downloaded over 80 implicating documents from the laptops recovered from him."

- NAN

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