Crime Watch

American deportee arrested for visa fraud in Ondo

A Nigerian deported from the United States of America, Megbowon Olumide Taiwo, has been arrested over alleged visa scam in Akure, Ondo state.

Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, arrested him for defrauding a woman of the sum of N300,000 alongside other victims.

According to reports, Taiwo duped unsuspecting number of people in Okitipupa area of the state, under the guise of facilitating their visa issuance to the United State of America (USA).

He also confessed while being paraded, saying that he was planning to use the money he obtained from the female victim to relocate out of Nigeria.

He said; “I collected the N300,000 from the female victim as I was planning to relocate to another country using the money I collected from her.”

The suspect reportedly fled from Okitipupa and relocated to Akure, where he was arrested by men of the NSCDC after the incident was reported.

Confirming the arrest, state Commandant of the NSCDC, Oluyemi Ibiloye, said that the suspect was apprehended in Akure after he absconded from Okitipupa.

Ibiloye said that Taiwo claimed to be a Captain in the United States Army and collected N300,000 from a female victim whom he promised a slot to work in America.

He said; “On February 20, a complaint of visa scam was reported against the suspect. He had told his victim when they met online on May 2, 2023, that he was a United States of America army officer on annual leave in Nigeria.

“The suspect promised the complainant a slot to work in America and asked her to deposit N300,000 into his bank account. After the money was paid into his bank account, he stopped picking up his victims’ telephone calls until he was tracked and arrested in Akure”.

The commandant claimed that the suspect committed the offence as a result of overwhelming conditions. He said Taiwo already made a confessional statement.

In an interview, the suspect admitted; “I am not a captain in the U.S. Army. I obtained a Master’s degree in the U.S.A. before I was deported.”