The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal Office is interrogating Eze Mavus Ugochukwu, a computer science student, Bauchi State Polytechnic, who defrauds unsuspecting members of the public by posing as a lieutenant in the Nigerian army.
Ugochukwu, a native of the Nsukka local government area in Enugu state, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Army’s 33rd Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi State, and after further investigation was sent to the EFCC’s Gombe Zonal Office for further investigation and possible law enforcement handed over complaint filed by a Ms. Dorcas Oni that the suspect introduced himself to her as a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and told her he would assist her in securing her son’s admission to the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) for the he had them transferred the sum of N400,000.00 to his account.
In the course of the EFCC investigation, it was found that the suspect had defrauded other victims to the tune of N1,455 million using the same military bait.
A statement from EFCC’s head of media and advertising, Wilson Uwujaren, said that all proceeds from the crime were paid into the suspect’s two bank accounts domiciled in FCMB and STANBIC IBTC between December 2019 and July 2020.
“Investigation also revealed that the suspect had succeeded in convincing his victims that he was a military officer by shopping for military officers’ uniforms with photos and superimposing his face on them. This added to the scam by sticking his name tag on the uniforms.
“It was also discovered that he had forged military documents that he passed to his victims as genuine in an attempt to convince them that he would secure their admission by NDA.
“He will be charged in court as soon as the investigations are completed,” the statement said.