EFCC Agency arrests man for possing as NNPC employee

Ilupeju said that the suspect along with his accomplice now at large, had conspired and obtained through false pretence the sum of N534,000 from one Mr Solomon Chidi.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Enugu has arrested Raymond Odika, a 54-year-old man, for posing as an employee of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to defraud people.

A statement signed by the EFCC Zonal Head/Public Affairs Department, Mr Jide Ilupeju, and made available to newsmen in Enugu said that the suspect was arrested following a tip-off.

Ilupeju said that the suspect along with his accomplice now at large, had conspired and obtained through false pretence the sum of N534,000 from one Mr Solomon Chidi.

"It was alleged that the suspect and his accomplish had on Dec. 4, 2015, presented themselves to the complainant as employees of NNPC and offered him a contract proposal.

"The suspects allegedly told him that he must register as a special contractor with the corporation before he can be awarded the contract.

"They allegedly collected N534, 000 from Chidi under the pretext of effecting the registration of his company and to secure the release of the contract sum of N45million,’’ he said.

Ilupeju said that the commission had during the raid recovered some items from the suspect, including a wooden box with an inscription of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

"A search was conducted in the suspect’s house and the following items were recovered:

"A wooden box with the inscription of the CBN; a suite case with diplomatic coverage and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) stamp.

"Others are a Samsung laptop and two packs of W.H.W. Ball Racers which is commonly used by fraudsters to perpetrate NNPC pipeline maintenance scam,” he said.

Ilupeju said that the cell phone of the suspect had been forwarded to the forensic unit of the commission for further examination that could aid in the prosecution of the case. 

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