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Busted: 7-Man Gang Nabbed Over Multi Million Naira Fraud In Lagos

A fraud syndicate attempting to transfer N25 million from a locally based bank account and a $220,000 from an international account last week has been arrested by the Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad.

The operatives of the RRS busted the 7-man syndicate in Lagos following an intelligence received on the activities of one Osita Nwafor, alias Ossy and his accomplice.

The leader of the syndicate, a 45 years old Osita Nwafor, was arrested in the gang’s hideout by the decoy team after a technical analysis of the details of the gang and its activities.

The arrest of the prime suspect led to the arrest of six other members of the gang in different parts of the metropolis.

The RRS say other members of the gang in have been netted except for one who is on the run.

The suspects in custody are: Nwogu Joseph Chika (36), Anthony Odama (43), Ikechukwu Nkem (32), James Okonkwo (51), Adedio Paulinus (29) and Ogundepo Olufemi (51).

The arrest of the gang first voided a fraudulent transaction of N3 million that had been perfected by the syndicate through a cloned SIM card.

Investigation by the Police revealed that the gang members were recruited by Nwafor sometime in 2019 and they work independently and collectively.

During his confession, Nwafor said ‘Although I brought the team together, each and every member of the group has his own specialization in the group. We sourced for cases and each and every member of the gang has his own role on each of the cases.

“Once I have done my own part of the deal (sourcing for SIMs and accounts numbers through which the group perpetrates its fraud), I push it to whoever among the member has to play the next role and that is how we treat our cases”.

“Apart from this, each member of the gang also has his own splinter group. Whenever they have personal jobs, they also handle on their own”, he explained.

The suspects confirmed to investigators that they also work with bank insiders locally and internationally.

Nwafor noted that “Chike (Nwogu) sourced for foreign and local accounts for money lodgments. I don’t know anything about how he does that, I simply hand over to Chike. He has his connections and they work on percentage. Once they agree on the percentage, when the money comes, everybody gets his own cuts”.

Some sources said that the fraudsters scout for obituaries of well to do members of the public, use bank insiders to determine the deceased account balance, clone their SIM cards for online transfer.

Presently, one of the bank insiders was arrested in Lagos while another one based in Benin is on the run after suspecting the gang has been busted and that police are on his trail.

The gang leader disclosed that Nwogu was working on the transfer of $220,000 fresh transaction from a foreign bank (bank name, account holder and parties withheld) before he was arrested.

One Femi Ogundepo was revealed as working on a fraudulent transaction of N25 million from an old generation bank with an insider connivance (details of the deal withheld).

James Okonkwo, a close friend of Nwafor, the gang leader, it was disclosed allegedly cornered N8 million fraudulent proceed of the gang shortly before his arrest.

The development it was learnt, was the cause of a serious dispute between Nwafor and Okonkwo, who just came back from the village.

Meanwhile, all suspects have been transferred to the SARS for further investigations and prosecution.

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