The Police Special Fraud Unit, Lagos, have arrested a 33-year-old woman, Bunmi Akintoye, for allegedly defrauding various people of over N28m. In a statement by the Head, Public Affairs, SFU, Mr. Pius Afachung, the police said the suspect was being investigated due to sundry allegations levelled against her by different persons.
Afachung said, “In one of the cases, Akintoye obtained 96 pieces of Hewlett Packard Laptops in June, 2011 from one of her victims at the cost of N105, 000 each which amounted to a total sum of N10.08m. Akintoye criminally confused her victim into believing that she was a genuine business woman by depositing N1.5m and issuing post-dated Skye Bank cheques in the value of N8.5m which all bounced on presentation. “In another case, the suspect approached one man in Ibadan, Oyo State, claiming that she won a contract from Lead City University in Ibadan. She obtained a total sum of N6m from the unsuspecting victim.
“In yet another case, this suspect obtained $80,000 (N12.8m) from a United States-based Nigerian lady on the pretext of carrying out a legitimate transaction. In each of these cases, the suspect will vanish into the thin air, so to say, and would no longer pick calls from her victims.Afachung added that investigations were ongoing and that the suspect would be charged to court soon.
The Commissioner of Police, SFU, Tunde Ogunsakin, seized the opportunity to warn members of the public to investigate business proposals before investing, to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.