How fraudsters duped former Rep of $1.3 million — Police

former House of Representative member, Eseme Eyiboh.

The Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force on Monday re-arraigned four suspected fraudsters who allegedly obtained the sum of $1.362 million and N46. 533 million under false pretence, from a former House of Representative member, Eseme Eyiboh.

Appearing before Muslim Hassan of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court were Izekor Osatohanmwen Ogiemonyi, alias Prince Joshua Akenzua; Stephen Victor, alias James Ajayi; Bolade Babatunde, alias Honourable Lawal Adewunmi; and Jimoh Saka, alias Tola Ajayi.

The SFU in a charge marked FHC/L/435c/2017, filed before the court by E. A. Jackson, a Chief Superintendent of Police, alleged that the accused persons and others now at large, had between June 2016 and August 2017, at Jatoz Royal Hotel, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos, conspired among themselves and approached Mr. Eyiboh, from Eket Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, as accredited representatives of International Foreign Exchange Monitoring Agency/Bureau in Nigeria.

The police alleged that the accused persons fraudulently collected $1.362 million in three tranches of $1.230 million, $20, 000, and $112, 000, as well as N46, 533 million from Mr. Eyiboh with the pretence that they could deliver vehicles and industrial machines at affordable and official exchange rates.

The police also alleged that the fourth accused person, Mr. Saka, provided bank accounts domiciled in First Bank, Diamond Bank, and First City Monument Bank into which the N46.533 million was paid in by Mr. Eyiboh and later handed over the money to the other accused persons.

The offence, according to the police, are contrary to Sections 8(a), 1(1)(a) and 8(9), and punishable under Sections 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, No.14 of 2006.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The accused lawyers pleaded with the court to admit their clients bail “in liberal terms,” a move that was countered by the police prosecutor, Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson particularly objected to the bail plea for the third accused person, Mr. Bolade, on the grounds that he has no means of livelihood.

After listening to the submissions of both parties, the judge adjourned till January 19 for ruling on the bail application and February 19 for trial.

The judge ordered that the four accused persons be remanded in prison pending the determination of their bail application.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    And the former Reps has no explaining to do on how he came about the money?

  • Jimi

    The defendants should argue that he victim never had such money, could not have had such money based on his legal income and that they could not have defrauded the alleged victim of what he never had. Maybe give the judge a piece of the loot. Yes they do accept bribes.

    • OGK

      I love your motor park (aka Fayose) line of defence. Unfortunately, such defence stands in beer parlours, not proper court of law. Don’t forget, this man paid into bank accounts not cash-in-hand. I shed no single drop of tears for this Rep. They loot our common wealth and they believe Nemesis would sit by and watch them? Nah, it doesn’t work that way.

  • Dimkpa

    You see what happens when some fools are paid excessively for doing nothing other than being members of National Assembly.

  • thusspokez

    The police alleged that the accused persons fraudulently collected $1.362 million in three tranches of $1.230 million, $20, 000, and $112, 000, as well as N46, 533 million from Mr. Eyiboh with the pretence that they could deliver vehicles and industrial machines at affordable and official exchange rates.

    Rep Mr. Eyiboh knew that he was participating in a dodgy business. The judge should apply the ‘clean hands doctrine’ and the case thrown out.

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      lol … fair play

    • emmanuel

      Na today we know say na your business be dat too? One day, na Interpol go arrest you and bundle you for trial and jail in the USA. APC wayo follower

  • Shahokaya

    Is stealing from a thief a crime?

  • mabele

    Very good news. I am happy about it. The rep himself made the money by duping the Nigerian people/govt, then fraudsters duped him. Nigerians should not vote for these criminals called house of assembly reps in next election. They only got there to represented their pocket and their family.

  • Okokondem

    How often have I argued that an effective approach to fighting corruption in Nigeria must begin with reigning in first the judges, followed by limiting or possibly eradicating altogether the fraudulent salary structures of members of national assembly.

    This is why. First, members of national assembly once separated from their self-endowed gravy train of bloated salaries and outrageous ‘allowances’, would more than likely pass laws making it DIFFICULT, or impossible for everyone else to profit from embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

    Secondly, members of the judiciary facing the possibilities of stiff penalties including lengthy prison time if found guilty of accepting bribes would uphold justice to the tilt. Without a credible and incorruptible judiciary, fighting corruption amounts to nothing more than a pipe dream.

    So, Mr ex-parliamentarian here who is playing footsie with embezzled money would less likely to so had he worked for that money.

  • emmanuel

    These are the mumus who made laws for us. Na so small pickin dey take dem ogufe. Representative ka, representatheif ni. Make he dey wait for moto and machines for inside Idumota market,
    Those boys go don buy Range Rover and flats for Lekki. Nigeria now breeds future leaders who most often get into politics with proceeds of theft. Snatching ballot boxes become a child play compared to the kind of crimes they had been involved in the past
    Unfortunately, the Police would share the monies with the criminals and the man will be in court until those his grey hairs turns green or after his death.
    The system they failed to reform is now hunting them back. Recall that Lucky Igbinedion was also swindled about N5 billion six years ago by some Nigerians and a Russian crook.

  • T-Rex

    I know this guy in person,throughout his tenure in the House of Reps he did not empower any of his constituents nor attract even a single developmental project to the area. He is more stingy than Arsene Wenger of Arsenal! I never knew he had so much money o,i wish the sharp guys were able to collect more from him.

    • Mufu Ola

      Arsenal Wenger is not stingy. He only manage reasonable what is made available to him.That’s why Arsenal is d best managed club in Europe but unfortunately have not won tangible laurel since2004. Still one d greatest despite that & record holder of ” undefeated” throughout d season which may never be repeated by any other club. Forget all noise surrounding Man City now!

      • T-Rex

        Hmmmmmm,a Wenger’s fan.