The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested two suspected fraudsters, Sunday Adebayo and Dayo Salawu, for alleged conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences.
Adebayo and Salawu were arrested following a petition received by the EFCC. The petitioner alleged that a lady he met on a social media platform introduced herself as a staff of the Nigerian Custom Service, NCS and informed him that NCS had rice and cars for sale through an auction. According to him, as soon as he indicated interest in purchasing an empty container for his business, the lady linked him up with another custom officer who directed him to make payment into two different accounts bearing the names – Oluwatoyin Usman and Sunday Adebayo for the container and some bags of rice.
The petitioners alleged that soon after he made the payment, the suspect became inaccessible as several efforts to reach him proved abortive. However, Adebayo claimed that he knew nothing about the custom auction and that his bank account was used for the transaction by Salawu and his gang, because they allegedly bought his bank account and ATM card from him at the rate of N20,000.
“I sold my bank account and my ATM card to Salawu for N20,000. I am a student, I needed money so I sold my bank account to raise money. I don’t receive alerts on the account and I don’t have access to it”.
The suspects would be arraigned as soon as investigations are concluded.