The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly defrauding the Emir of Okuta in Kwara State of N33,399,999.
Idris Abubakar, the Emir of Okuta in Kwara’s Baruten Local Government Area, was a former member of the House of Representatives.
In a statement issued Monday in Ilorin, EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren said the suspect, a native of Stwue in Benue’s Konshisha LGA, colluded with others at large to defraud the Emir.
According to Uwujaren, the suspect duped the traditional ruler into believing he had a container of supplies intended for the community’s development.
He said the container needed to be cleared at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
“In a petition dated November 30, 2021, the Emir alleged that a group of fraudsters, who operate as a syndicate called him on phone sometime in 2020 that they had a container to clear in Abuja.
“The caller requested for the said amount of money to clear his container at the airport.
“He provided different accounts for the Emir to pay the money into, one of which included that of Fidelis Poor,” he said.
Uwujaren said that all efforts made by the Emir to collect the goods or get his money back proved futile.
“The Commission upon the receipt of the petition commenced discrete investigation into the matter, which led to the suspect’s arrest,” he added.
Uwujaren noted that the suspect would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigations, adding that other members of the syndicate would soon be arrested.