23 July 2024

Suspect Arrested for N120 Million Fraud Involving Opay, Moniepoint

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Suspect Arrested for N120 Million Fraud Involving Opay, Moniepoint

 

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 34-year-old Glory Samuel for allegedly defrauding a businessman of N120m.

According to a press statement by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, on Wednesday, the arrest stems from a complaint filed on April 1, 2024, regarding suspicious withdrawals totaling N2,068,000 from a complainant’s company bank account.

Wakil said, “Acting under the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Mohammed, the State Intelligence Department promptly investigated the case.

“Their meticulous efforts revealed that the suspect had unlawfully withdrawn a significant amount of N120m from the complainant’s bank account.”

The PPRO added, “During interrogation, Glory Samuel admitted to betraying the trust of his neighbour with whom he had shared a market space for over 15 years.

“Samuel disclosed that a friend he had met at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi in 2011, before dropping out of Computer Science, convinced him that he could make money by accessing a wealthy individual’s phone. Exploiting the complainant’s trust, Samuel deceitfully borrowed the phone, allowing his accomplice to install financial applications such as Opay and MoneyPoint.

“This access enabled them to transfer the funds to different bank accounts on various occasions.”

According to the press statement, after investigation, items such as eight tricycles, N35,000,000 in cash, two uncompleted buildings, 60 bags of cooking charcoal, 30 bags of fertilizer, two motorcycles, and two industrial sewing machines were recovered from the suspect.

It added that the suspect, whose lifestyle had dramatically changed, assured his uncle and girlfriend that he was earning money through an online business when they inquired about his newfound income.

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