Nigeria

Land fraud: EFCC arrests five suspects in Akwa Ibom

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested a group of five suspected land scammers across various locations in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

According to the statement by the EFCC on Monday, the five suspects were arrested over an alleged scam of N23 million.

The arrested suspects are Imaikop Dickson, Pius Akpan, Imeh George, Godwin Obong and Lucy Akpan, whose ages range between 37 and 57.

According to the statement, the arrest was carried out based on a petition by Emmanuel Etti, “who alleged that in July 2020, he got a call from one Grace Anietie Otuekong (at large) offering to sell a landed property belonging to the mother, Lucy Akpan, purportedly to save the life of her husband, one Hon. Anietie Otuekong that was critically ill.

“According to the complainant, he was made to pay the money to Lucy in cash which he did in tranches to the tune of N23m,” the statement partly read.

The complainant revealed that he suspected foul play when he asked for account details to complete the payment and could no longer locate the suspects.

“Investigations into the matter revealed that the syndicate specialised in acquiring the master plan of a particular land and using same to dupe unsuspecting victims after claiming to be family members,” the statement disclosed.

The syndicate has been using this method to scam victims over the years till the operatives of EFCC arrested them on April 28, 2021.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the statement concluded.

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