From James Ojo, Abuja
Two suspected fraudsters have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over fraud, according to the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren.
The suspects, John and Festus, who were arrested in Lagos, allegedly defrauded an employee of a new generation bank to the tune of N1.5 million.
Their arrest on May 25, 2017, followed a petition by one Victor, who claimed to have been swindled by John and Festus.
EFCC operatives discovered that John, a 63-year-old property developer, had allegedly approached the complainant, Victor, claiming to be a lawyer with the commission.
The suspect, who hails from Delta State, also allegedly told Victor that he could help him “kill” a petition written against him by the second suspect, Festus, about his suspicious lifestyle, if he would pay N1.5 million.
Investigation revealed that Festus, who had worked as a driver for the complainant, was introduced to John by one Chika, a member of his church.
Thereafter, the complainant allegedly agreed to pay N1.5 million to John to enable him “kill” the petition supposedly at the EFCC.
However, the complainant, who suspected foul play, approached the commission about his encounter with John and he was advised to play along.
Consequently, the complainant arranged a meeting with John to give him the sum of N1 million as part payment.
Operatives of the EFCC, however, swooped on John, in a sting operation and nabbed him.
Uwujaren said the suspects would soon be charged to court after investigations are concluded.