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American swindled of millions in oil deal

23 November 2015, 08:49Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The men accused of swindling an American citizen of some US$4 million in a fraudulent oil deal will return to court on Monday next week.

Idowu Olarenwaju, alias Capt Anthony Abel Saramoh, and his accomplice, Joe Onwudimowei, are accused of defrauding the complainant through his company, Total Intership Nigeria Limited.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the heist was earned through a phony crude oil contract with the victim, wiring the said amount into the account of Total Intership Nigeria Limited ostensibly for the supply of crude oil.

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Onwudimowei, who operates the account of Total Intership Nigeria Limited with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) where the proceeds of the said fake contract was deposited, was arrested on June 18 and upon interrogation, fingered Olanrewaju and one Otunba Yemi Osho as the people he handed over all monies that passed through the account.

The duo was arrested the following day following a dawn raid on their homes by operatives of the EFCC.

The matter has been adjourned at the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The accused will appear on a 22-count charge.

- CAJ News

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