A China-based Nigerian businessman,
The 40-year-old Ede told the police that he had given Igene, 38, the said sum to help him buy a property for him but she converted the money to other uses instead of doing what he told her to do.
But Igene, in her statement to the police, denied defrauding Ede, claiming that she actually used the money to buy the property just as he instructed her, and that they were lovers and that he had proposed marriage to her.
However, Ede denied being Igene’s lover, stressing that there was only business transaction between them and at no time did he propose marriage to her. He also debunked claims by the suspect that he paid her flight to China to spend a romantic two weeks’ vacation with him, adding that she came to China with another guy, whom he presumed was her lover.
Ede who flew in from China to lodge the complaint told the police that Igene had fleeced him of the N40 million fraudulently. He narrated that Igene's elder brother, Kingsmate Igene, was introduced to him by a friend based in Holland, with the idea that Kingsmate had property for sale in Nigeria.
Ede said when he was finally linked up with Kingsmate, the latter told him that his sister living in Nigeria, was an estate agent and could get a good property for him.
“A friend of mine who is based in Holland, introduced Kingsmate to me. He said that Kingsmate had landed property, which he wanted to sell in Lagos, Nigeria. My friend in Holland said he would have bought the property, but he didn’t have money.
He persuaded me to buy it. He later introduced me to Kingsmate. I contacted a friend in Lagos, , and begged him to assist me by going over to inspect the said property. Chika later called to say the property was genuine. I immediately paid N6 million into Amaka’s account, through Kingsmate.
I then came to Nigeria to check out the property and after seeing the receipt of the first property, I was satisfied. But crisis started between us after they duped me through another property, which I bought for another purpose.
Amaka and her brother, Kingsmate, were able to dupe me because I believed in them. We’re from the same Ebonyi State. The total money they collected from me was 40 million. This money is my sweat. I don’t know where to start from now.”
But the suspect had another story to tell.
“After Chika introduced me to Ede, we started chatting. Ede then proposed to me. He asked me to send my pictures to him.
It was through our conversation that he told me he has a property he was working on in Ebonyi State. I used to assist him in paying the workers until the building was completed.
After assisting Ede to complete his house in Ebonyi State, he asked me to get him a property, where he could build a school. I consulted a lawyer who got four plots of land at Molete area of Ajah for N16m."
"When I bought the land which was meant for the school, I sent pictures of the land to him. But before then, we were already planning to wed in December. Ede later called me; he said that I should look for a land where we could build, so that after our wedding, we would have somewhere to live.
Ede paid for all the travel expenses when he invited me to China. I spent two weeks in his house before returning to Nigeria. I didn’t dupe him. All the money he claimed he gave to me, I used judiciously! I’m not a fraudster.”