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Syndicate opens bogus EFCC office in Ondo State

17 October 2014, 21:30

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reported a syndicate had opened an office masquerading as a facility for the anti-corruption agency in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The syndicate allegedly uses the office to dispatch fake invitation letters to unsuspecting heads of government agencies purporting to be carrying out investigation activities against them.

The Department of State Service (DSS) has already arrested the criminal association's alleged kingpin, Olubunmo Olalekan, who is in EFCC custody in Abuja.

Also read: Forgery syndicate bust in Abuja

"At the point of arrest, Olalekan who parades himself as a Principal Detective Superintendent of the EFCC, had in his possession fake letter head papers of the Commission, 30 GSM sim cards, assorted complimentary cards, a laptop computer and printer from where he churns out the fraudulent invitation letters. His modus operandi is to send out the bulk invitation letters to as many agencies as possible, via courier, claiming to have pending petitions alleging corruption against their heads," part of the statement read.

The agency added that investigations revealed that the suspect has written and distributed over sixty letters purportedly from the Commission to several top officials of ministries, department and agencies.

"Among them are the Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Ibadan, Managing Director, NPDC Limited, Sapele Road Benin City, Professor Idowu Odeyemi, Provost Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Jos, Managing Director/Chief Executive Office, Jebba Hydro Electric Plc, Jebba Niger State, Medical Director, National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Dr. Iyela Ajayi, Provost Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State and a host of others."

EFCC added that Olalekan leave a GSM number in the letters asking the agency heads to contact a PDS Adeniyi.

"Those who fall for the scam are asked to pay money for the purported case against them to be dropped."

It said the syndicate had gone to the extent of issuing clearance letters to those that met their terms.

"But some heads of agencies that are sure they had done nothing untoward to warrant investigation by the EFCC have been bold to contact the Commission, which was how Olalekan was nabbed," added EFCC.

Dr Asunyikanmu Pius, Director of Technical Aids Corps in Abuja, was alleged to be one of the scammer's victims.

"But once he received the invitation letter with instruction to contact a PDS Adeniyi, Dr. Pius alerted the Commission. He was encouraged to play along and consequently paid the sum of N2 million into an Access Bank Account as demanded by the suspect to throw the case. A sting operation was planned, but Olalekan was arrested by men of the DSS before he could draw the money." 

 - CAJ 


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