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.
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"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
"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
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
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."