EFCC smashes 419 syndicate, recovers fake $570,000

EFCC smashes 419 syndicate, recovers fake $570,000

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11:32 pm


The fake dollars the suspects were caught with

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said on Wednesday that operatives at its Kaduna zonal office have arrested members of a notorious syndicate of fraudsters who specialise in duping innocent persons.

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson for the anti-graft agency said in a statement that the syndicate was made of four Nigerians and one Nigerien are: Salisu Rabiu, a.k.a Maimagani; Ibrahim Idris, a.k.a Dankano; Magaji Musa (Nigerien) a.k.a Maishayi; Haruna Abdullahi,a.k.a Balogun and Abubakar Umar ,a.k.a Fulani.

According to him, the suspects were arrested in a bush along Sabon Gari, Kurmin Kogi, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna state. A search of their hide out which is suspected to be a kidnappers’ den led to the startling discovery of a sum of five hundred and seventy thousand ($570,000) fake US dollars and some charms.

He added that s search of suspects hideout which is suspected to be a kidnappers’ den led to the startling discovery of a sum of five hundred and seventy thousand ($570,000) fake US dollars and some charms.

“The five-man gang met their waterloo when they conspired among themselves to lure an unsuspecting victim into believing that some unclaimed boxes containing a huge amount of USD were kept with some herdsmen believed to be accomplices by an unidentified politician.

Doubtful of the story, the would-be victim contacted the Commission.

The operatives of the Commission upon receipt of the intelligence swung into action and arrested the gang members in their hideouts.

All the suspects are in custody while the investigation continues.

EFCC, therefore, warned members of the public to be wary of any get-rich-quick offer in order not to be a victim of the scam, while those who had fallen victim to the nefarious activities of this syndicate are enjoined to report to the Commission’s office located at No.4 Wurno Road Kaduna State.

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