- Arrests UI student for defrauding Australian woman of $90,000
ABUJA — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, lamented that its efforts to tackle corruption in the country had been misconstrued by corrupt persons as a witch-hunt.
This came as the anti-graft agency arrested an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Orowo Jesse Omokoh, for using an internet dating site to defraud an Australian of the sum of $90,000.
Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, made the claim when he received the new American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, in his office.
Lamorde told his guest that it was normal for Nigerians to complain against the commission for doing its job, especially during an election year.
Lamorde said: “Most of the times, anything that happens, whether people are at fault, they blame it on someone else.
“Even when there is a genuine case and you go after an individual, they will start saying that he is being haunted because he is this or that. It is a situation that is laden with landmine now.
“So, we have to meander to avoid stepping on the landmine so that they don’t blow us up. It is very difficult. We went through that in 2011. Sometime when election is coming it becomes very difficult to do anything.”
He, however, assured the ambassador that the commission would not be deterred, saying the commission had decide to do its job to the best of its ability.
Lamorde commended the United States government for its continuous assistance to the commission since its inception, describing the US as a major international ally in its fight against corruption and other financial crimes.
On his part, Ambassador Entwistle assured that the US would continue to support and strengthen the EFCC to tackle corruption and economic crimes in Nigeria.
Even though Entwistle did not state the form the support would take, he said the American government was ready to support the commission in any way it could, admitting that corruption was a serious global challenge.
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has arrested an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Orowo Jesse Omokoh, for using an internet dating site to defraud an Australian of $90,000.
Arrests UI student for defrauding Australian
Omokoh, 28, reportedly met the victim, Mrs. Jette Jacob, an Australian based in Johannesburg, South Africa, on a dating site and struck a sizzling romantic affair that necessitated him moving to Johannesburg in 2013 to link up with his lover.
According to the EFCC, Omokoh arrived in Johannesburg on February 4, 2013, to meet with Jacob who had been in Johannesburg since November 2012.
The commission said five days after Omokoh had arrived and taken up residence with her, Jacob was found dead in her apartment with some of her valuables missing.
After the incident, Omokoh reportedly fled South Africa and returned to Nigeria, fuelling speculations by the South African police that he might have had a hand in Jacob’s untimely death.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on the matter, confirmed that the EFCC received a petition from Richard Stanford of Australian Federal Police on March 15, 2013, asking for help to track Omokoh, whom it accused of defrauding Jacob to the tune of $90,000 in a dating scam.
The commission said although it swung into action almost immediately to track down the scammer, Omokoh became elusive until a few days ago when he was nabbed.
The commission said the suspect had already made useful statement while efforts were on to track his accomplices and arraign them in court.