N1b transfer scam:  Detectives spread dragnet to arrest perpetrators, fingers top bank officials

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The police in Abuja have commenced investigations into the circumstances that surrounded the transfer of about N1billion by a bureau de change operator in Abuja, Shamsudeen Usman Ahmed through three banks to suspected criminals who reportedly offered to sale N1 million dollars from Dubai to him and the mysterious disappearance of the huge sum of money.
It was also learned that detectives are looking into the involvement of  a third generation bank, in the illegal transfer of the money after the suspects provided account details of four banks where the complainant paid the money only to later discover that the suspects conspired to defraud him of his hard-earned money.
In a petition dated November 11, 2023 written on behalf of the complainant by Anthony Akpah Odule, Esq and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, the complainant alleged that on Friday, December 8, 2023, he was contacted by the suspects, Gambo Sabo Yahaya Dahiru, Ibrahim Mohammed, Shaibu Mohammed and Francis Azubuike aka Frank who deceived him to believe that there is a genuine one million dollar up for sale from Dubai, United Arab Emirate, which he innocently indicated interest.
According to the petition, our client stated that the suspects provided the following account details: Account Name – Usman Global Investment Limited; Account number 5400393231, domicile in Providus Bank, Account name; Yadiz oil and Gas Plc Nigeria Limited; Account Number 1014396770, domicile in Zenith Bank Plc and  Account Name: M. Technology Red Set; Account number – 5404168804 where the complainant paid in the sum of N830,000, 000.00, N330,000,000.00 and N 10, 000,000.00, respectively.
He continued: “Our client averred that upon preliminary investigation, it was found that the suspects conspired among themselves to defraud our client of his hard-earned money as they do not have dollars anywhere, to give to our client but have shared the monies amongst themselves.  What is worrisome to our client is that he borrowed part of the money he sent to the suspects and his conspirators, which non-payment will greatly affect his reputation negatively.
Police sources said detectives will soon invite some officials of the bank for questioning over the case while six of the suspected fraudsters have been arrested and they refunded some amount of the money.   “However, the money paid through Providus bank is yet to be recovered.”
All effort to reach the spokesman of the bank proved abortive.



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