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Yahoo boy, pastor arrested over alleged N12.7 million fraud



The Gombe Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one Adebayo Olawale, a resident of Ile-Ife, Osun State and his pastor Gbenga Moses Adesoju of Christ Apostolic Church, for allegedly defrauding one Umar Hayatu of Lafiya quarters, Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe State to the tune of N12.7m.

According to a statement released by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the duo were apprehended at Ile Ife following a petition jointly written by the relatives of Hayatu, the victim.

The suspects were alleged to have conspired and defrauded the victim via social media platforms and phone calls under the pretense that he won a car, some expensive phones and an offer of employment into a juicy position.

”Adebayo, the prime suspect, contacted the victim severally using fake Facebook account names; Williams Angellina and Omolola Adebayo and deceived the victim into believing that his parents have a Company abroad and will make him (victim) the Nigerian Manager of the Company at Lagos.

“The suspect further sent the victim various fake pictures of Houses and cars that would be given to him as fringe benefits as soon as the company commences operation. He also promised him 30,000 US Dollars and expensive gifts such as iPhone and Jewelleries,” the statement read in part.

The anti-graft agency added that preliminary investigation revealed that proceeds of the fraud to the tune of N12, 798, 387.00, was traced to the suspect’s account in a new generation bank.

Pastor Adesoju, the suspect’s alleged accomplice, was also said to have received a plot of land, a BMW car, and various sums of money from the proceeds of crime for his spiritual intervention.

The agency disclosed that both Olawaya and Adesoju had tendered useful information and would be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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