An intelligence report dated 24th September, 2013 from Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Abuja addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU) CP Tunde Ogunsakin alleged that one Olafinraye Adedamola opened a USD Domicilliary Account No. 273/6980678251/0 with the Demurin, Ketu, Lagos Branch of Sterling Bank Plc and through suspicious circumstances, cumulative sum of USD 42,497 Dollars was paid into the account by unsuspecting victims abroad between 13th August, 2013 and 16th September, 2013.  The suspected illicit inflows were followed by immediate cash withdrawals by the suspect who appeared to have no known affiliation with the international depositors.

SFU operatives swung into action and investigation carried out on the Domicilliary account revealed that the sum of $18,129.92 Dollars are still left in the account and a lien was immediately placed on the account.

The suspect was traced to his house address at No. 7, Agidi Road, Oshogun, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos but he evaded police arrest and his father, a proprietor of a moribund driving school feigned ignorance of his son’s whereabout.  However, the fleeing suspect was later apprehended by the Police.

Olafinraye Adedamola who posed as a lady Janet by name was born in 1989 in Kosofe LGA Ketu, Lagos.  An Artisan who trained in construction of aluminium but currently a driving instructor in his father’s moribund driving school located in Ketu, Lagos.  Initially, he denied the allegation claiming that he met one Nigerian at a Conference in Malaysia who introduced him to the victim and the

victim requested that he purchase property for him in Nigeria which was the basis for the disbursement of the money into his account and that he had already bought a building at Ogba, Ikeja for the sum of N4million and that all the documents are with him.

On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to the allegation and admitted that he is an internet fraudster and that the activities leading to his contact and ultimate swindling of the US citizen Jac Spradling and his mistress Janet Kihr of the sum of $42,497 Dollars was done through the internet.

Investigation is on-going, efforts are in progress through the appropriate channel to contact the victims of this magnitude internet fraud.  Suspect will be arraigned in court soonest to serve as a deterrent to other intending internet fraudsters

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