EFCC arrests man for attempting to use N7.4bn ($17.5m) fake money to buy properties in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a suspected fraudster, Olabanji Aluko, for attempting to use N7.4bn ($17.5m) fake currency notes to buy properties in Lagos.

According to reports, Aluko, who claimed to be a driver, was arrested on Wednesday, September 8, 2022, at a popular eatery in Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The suspect claimed he had arranged a meeting with a petitioner, Col. Remi Abdulrahman Adeyemo (rtd).

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Adeyemo, in his statement to the EFCC, claimed that he received a phone call from a man identified as Ojo.

Ojo claimed to have known him for years and claimed that his son initiated a divorce process in the United States and wanted to sell his properties to avoid losing them to his wife.

Adeyemo said Ojo requested his assistance regarding receiving the said sum, being proceeds of the sale of his son’s properties in America.

The suspect assured him that the money would be shipped from the US, through a company, Loomis International, New York.

Ojo added that a code would be sent to him, which he would present before he could take possession of the said sum.

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Adeyemo received another call to pay $5,700 for “handling charges” in order to receive the money.

The retired military officer, suspecting that Ojo was up to some foul play, reported the case to the EFCC.

The agency busted the suspect while he was about to hand over the fake bills to the tune of $17.5million to the petitioner. He will soon be charged to court.

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