EFCC Arrest NNPP Kogi Assembly Candidate In Possession Of N326 million, $140,500 Cash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Kogi State House of Assembly candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Ismaila Atumeyi, with N326 million and $140,500 cash.

Atumeyi, who is aspiring to represent Ankpa 11 Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, was apprehended on Sunday, October 30, 2022, alongside one Joshua Dominic, an alleged serial fraudster, at Macedonia Street, Queens Estate, Karsana, Gwarinpa, Abuja.

The EFCC said the arrest of the suspects followed months of investigation into hacking one of the commercial banks by a syndicate of fraudsters who pulled off a heist of N1.4billion.

Abdumalik Femi, a former bank employee who allegedly supplied the inside information that enabled the attack on the bank by the syndicate, was also arrested.

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Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson, confirmed to our correspondent that Femi was arrested on Tuesday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos.

“Following his arrest, a search was conducted on his home in Morgan Estate, Ojodu where a total of $470,000 USD was recovered.

“The arrest of the suspects followed months of investigation into the hacking of one of the commercial banks by a syndicate of fraudsters who pulled off a heist of N1.4billion,” he said.

The syndicate allegedly moved N887 million into the account of Fav Oil and Gas Limited, from where the monies were paid to several Bureau de Change operators and some auto dealers for exchange into United States dollars and purchase of high-end cars.

Dominic, who has severally been arrested for fraud, allegedly helped Atumeyi perfect the hacking plan through Abdumalik.

Dominic, a self-styled investment expert and Managing Director of Brisk Capital Limited, was arrested in May 2021 by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police for an alleged N2 billion investment scam. He allegedly defrauded over 500 persons in a phony investment scheme.

Two Range Rover Luxury SUVs were also recovered from the two suspects arrested in Abuja.

Uwujaren noted that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.

Meanwhile, the commission expressed concern about the rising spate of cyber-attacks on banks and the reluctance of the institutions to report such breaches to law enforcement.

While warning that such reticence would only encourage the criminals, the EFCC appeals to financial institutions to collaborate with it to secure the financial sector from threats of cyber-attacks.