WO suspected fraudsters, Uwem Antia and Alhaji Yerima Suleman, have been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly stealing $2.250 million from two bankers in a foreign exchange deal.
Vanguard gathered the bankers, Gladys Aginwa and Ale Dennis, fell for the fraudsters in February, 2015, when the suspects offered to sell forex to the tune of $10 million to them.
Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said that after agreeing on the exchange rate, a sum of N672 million was transferred from BlueBeam Capital Investment Limited, Capital Field Investment and Trust Limited into the account of one of the bankers.
Uwujaren explained that immediately Antia collected the foreign exchange, he reportedly headed for Number 17A, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, where the two bankers and his accomplice, Suleman, were waiting for him.
However, rather than handing over the entire foreign exchange to the bankers, he only gave them $1million, claiming that he could not source the entire amount.
He said: “Findings showed that the entire sum of N672, million actually entered Antia’s account and A Bureau de Change operator who changed the money into its dollar equivalent, told EFCC’s investigators that he went with Antia to his bank along Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, where the transaction was confirmed.
“The Bureau de Change operator further disclosed that he worked out the dollar equivalent of N666 million, which was $3,127,000. He said he could only give $3,124,000 to Antia, leaving a balance of $3,000, which he promised to give him the next day.”
He was said to have allegedly promised to give them a balance of $2,250 million the next day. And he disappeared thereafter.