$1m Scam: EFCC Nabs Prison Boss, One Other For Conspiracy

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a Deputy Controller of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) Emmanuel Oluwaniyi, and one other, Hemeson Edson Edwin, for conspiracy.

The duo was arrested for allegedly giving exaggerated medical reports that warranted a convicted internet fraudster, Hope Olusegun Aroke, who is serving a 24-year jail term for a referral to be treated outside the facility.

The first suspect, Oluwaniyi, who is the Controller, Kirikiri Maximum Prison, as well as the second suspect, Edwin, who is in charge of the medical facility, were arrested on Monday, November 25, 2019, by operatives of the Commission.

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In a statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the suspects had given useful information to the Commission about their alleged involvement in the crime.

Aroke, also known as H.Money, had masterminded a mega scam to the tune of over $1m fraud. He committed the alleged crime from prison, using a network of accomplices.

Aroke was one of the two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate fraudsters arrested by the EFCC towards the end of 2012 at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, following a tip-off. Aroke, who hails from Okene in Kogi State, had claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia.

However, investigations by the Commission revealed Aroke as the arrowhead of an intricate web of an internet fraud scheme that traverses two continents.
When Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car, and a Range Rover Sport SUV.

He was eventually convicted by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, cheque cloning, wire transfer, and forgery.

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on each of the two counts.

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