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Published On: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

Bizman cries out over N360 million fraud

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As the office of the Inspector General of Police battles to extricate itself of bribery allegations raised by Senator Isah Hamma Misau, a legal practitioner, Barrister Ugochukwu Ezekiel, has alerted the government over alleged fraud of N360, 000000.00.
This was contained in a petition to the presidency, alleging compromise, abuse of office and corrupt activities against the Inspector General of Police, in connivance with Hon. Tony Bakare and others.
The lawyer who petitioned the presidency on behalf of his client, Mr. Austine Ugochukwu Albert, of Circleflow Management Nigeria Limited had in the petition dated September 14, 2017, raised serious allegations of compromise, abuse of office and corrupt activities against the Inspector General of Police.
He alleged that it was a well organized fraud involving Hon. Tony Bakare, Saidi Oke, and three others to the tune of N360,000,000.00 (Three Hundred and Sixty Million) Naira.
Albert in the petition revealed that his client was approached by Kunle Adesuyi and Mrs Chinwe Ofolue (Regional Head, Heritage Bank Marina, Branch, Lagos) for the purchase of foreign currency totaling about $1,000,000 (One Million USD) and was further introduced to Dr Cyriacus Anyanwu.
“Our Client was later invited to the office of Alhaji Umar Ali at No 5B Audu Epkekha Street, Lekki, Lagos State June 14, 2017.
“Therein it was agreed that our client will purchase the dollars at the rate of N360.00 (Three Hundred and Sixty Naira) per dollar.
“It was further agreed that our client should pay the total sum of N360, 000,000.00 (Three Hundred and Sixty Million Naira) into three bank accounts, belonging to three different entities,” it stated.
Albert added that one Tony Bakare disappeared after receiving money, but was only able to pay the sum of $130,000 (One Hundred and Thirty Thousand) USD after so much pressure. According to him,
“The matter was first reported the at Area J command of the Nigeria Police Force, Ajah, Lagos State where the suspects made confessional statements that the entire transaction was a fraud but at this point they all refused to give up their kingpin.
“The matter was later transferred to Zone 2 command of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos on the orders of the Assistant Inspector General of Police who equally ordered that all accounts already frozen by the Police pursuant to their investigation activities be unfrozen.
“Unfortunately, the officers that investigated the matter at Inspector General of Police monitoring unit compromised the matter, refused to arrest the kingpin who had been identified as Hon. Tony Bakare.
“They hurriedly charged the matter to a Magistrate Court in Abuja, which to their knowledge, has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter”.
The petitioner therefore called on the presidency to call the Inspector General of Police to order and have him explain his roles in such high profile fraud and investigate the allegations of bribery against the IGP;
He also tasked the presidency to ensure that the case is returned to the Force Intelligence Unit and the officer ‘unduly’ removed be reinstated to that unit, while demanding an unbiased investigation into the matter and the culprits duly brought to book.

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