The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is interrogating one Eze Mavus Ugochukwu, a student of Computer Science, Bauchi State Polytechnic, for Allegedly defrauding unsuspecting members of the public by posing as a Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.
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Ugochukwu, an indigene of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State was arrested by the officers of 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi State and handed over to the Gombe Zonal Office of the EFCC .
A Statement of the commission’s website explained that Ugochukwu’a arrest followed complaint, lodged by Mrs Dorcas Oni after the suspect collected 400,000naira from her promising to help her son secure admission into the Nigerian defence academy.
In the course of EFCC’s investigation, it was discovered that the suspect had allegedly defrauded some other victims to the tune of N1, 455,000.00 (One Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Naira), using the same military bait.
All the proceeds of crime were paid into his two bank accounts domiciled in FCMB and STANBIC IBTC, between December 2019 and July 2020.
Investigations further revealed that the suspect succeeded in making his victims believe he was a military officer by photo-shopping military officers’ uniforms and superimposing the image of his face on them, complementing the fraud by attaching his name tag on the uniforms.
He was also discovered to have forged military documents which he passed off to his victims as genuine in a bid to convince them that he would secure NDA admission for them.
He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.