22 Jul 2017

Nigerian undergraduate wrongly charged for $5,400 fraud in Canada – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says a Nigerian undergraduate of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada, was wrongly charged for $5, 400 fraud by the Canadian authorities.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the victim, Tony Adebero, was charged after a 20-year-old alleged fraudster in Nigeria used Adebero’s account to move illicit funds without his permission.

The EFCC said it immediately swung into action after the victim’s father, Mr. Oyewole Adebero, wrote a petition to the commission.

The anti-graft agency said investigations showed that the fraud was perpetrated by one Yusuf Balogun, who was using the nickname, Monica Donal.

Alabi was said to have masterminded the theft of $5,400 (Canadian dollars) from a catering entertainment outfit in Brantford, Canada, but the undergraduate whose account was used, was arrested in Toronto, Canada on charges of wire fraud.

The EFCC said, “Tony was expecting to receive his tuition from his dad, Mr. Oyewole Adebero, and did not suspect fraud when his account was credited by his bank. He, however, became worried when few days after, he got a call from his bank, TD Canada Trust Bank, asking for details of the person who had transferred money to his account, within 12 hours.

“Tony was said to have immediately called his father, who in turn, contacted a bureau de change operator, Kassim Ishola, who then said that he gave the money to one Idris Oni to transfer but Idris mentioned Balogun.

“According to Oni, Balogun identified one Bacon Jamie Cecil as the person that actually wired the funds to Tony in Canada. Unfortunately, Bacon Jamie Cecil was discovered to be a fake name, prompting the arrest of Tony in Canada. The undergraduate’s father subsequently wrote a petition to the EFCC on June 2, 2017.”

According to Mr. Adebero, his son was charged to court in Canada for engaging in Internet fraud.

Mr. Adebero explained that sometime in 2016, he approached his bank in Nigeria when he wanted to pay his son’s school fees in Thompson Rivers University, Canada, but had difficulty due to foreign exchange scarcity and stiff forex regulations.

In the midst of the challenge, he met a church member, one Mrs. Ibidola, who also had children schooling abroad. She introduced him to a bureau de change operator that would help transfer the funds to his son.

Investigation by the EFCC led to the arrest of the prime suspect, Balogun, aka Monica Donal, who resides in Lagos.

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