EFCC Press Release - EFCC Arraigns Bureau De Change Operator For $4,016.25 Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday April 23, 2013, arraigned Benjamin Otuorimuo, on a one count charge bordering on, inducement, false pretence and stealing before Justice Adebisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja. The suspect allegedly obtained the sum of $4,016.25 (Four Thousand, Sixteen Dollars and Twenty Five cents) under false pretence from Kemud International Limited by inducing the company to pay the sum into Audu Mohammed’s account in one of the first generation banks in Lagos.

The fraudster allegedly hacked into Kemud  International Limited's e-mail address to deceive it into paying $ 4,016.25 USD into his account with First Bank. The money was a balance of a contract sum which Kemud International Limited  gave to Intech Process Automation Nigeria Limited. The fraudster, a bureau de change operator, got into trouble when Intech approached Kemud International Limited for its balance and was told that it had been paid into the fraudster's account number which he presented as Intech's new account number.

The charge reads: “that you Benjamin Otuorimuo on or about the 12th day of September, 2012 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of US $4,016.25 (Four Thousand, Sixteen Dollars and Twenty Five United States Cents) under false pretence from Kemud International Limited by inducing the Company to pay the sum into Audu Mohammed’s account No 2015862776 at First bank Plc, Sabo Lagos”.

When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

In view of the plea of the defendant, the prosecuting counsel,  Gbolahan Latona prayed the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the defendant in prison custody.

Justice Akinlade adjourned the case to July 10, 2013 for hearing of bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

23rd April, 2013

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EFCC are clueless

I think the government should ban this clueless crime fighters,imagine when a poor man steals chicken they will sentence him to a life jail and when the rich steals,there is a plea bargain in which you return the loot and go and enjoy your life,this is bad for our society.


politicians who stole billions of dollars are not prosecuted,what is the meaning of all this,allow this young man to go and tell him to refund the dollars,EFCC should be banned and to you sahara reporter stop publishing this type of annoying stories.

absolutely ridiculous

absolutely ridiculous

Shame on Lamorde and EFCC

This useless institution think they can deceive Nigerians. what have they done with those politicians, how many conviction have they recorded since Lamorde came in? All these matters in bureau the change are matters that the office of the DPP or police can prosecute at the state level. It is time the useless institution is disbanded.

Why is it that only small weak thieves EFCC prosecutes

Why is it that only small, poor and weak thieves EFCC prosecutes and get convicted whilst the big thieves- Governors and their wives, The presidency, LG chairmen and top public officers never get convicted by present day EFCC?

In the days of Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of EFCC, governors and some big thief like Tafa Balogun got convicted for their massive stealing of public funds. The EFCC since the days of Mrs Waziri only look for petty thieves to convict and claim to be doing a good job of their office!

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