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EFCC arrests controller, doctor of Kirikiri Maximum Prison over $1m scam


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a Deputy Controller of Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Emmanuel Oluwaniyi, and the head of the medical center of the Maximum Prison, Hemeson Edwin, over their role in allowing convicted internet fraudster, Hope Aroke, to receive treatment outside the prison, where he is serving a 24-year jail term.

Edwin was reported to have allegedly given exaggerated medical reports,that warranted the referral for Aroke to be treated outside the facility.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that the duo were arrested on Monday after the suspects gave useful information about their involvement in the crime.

The statement read:”The suspects have given useful information to the Commission about their alleged involvement in the crime.

“Aroke, also known as H.Money, had masterminded a mega scam to the tune of over $1m scam. He committed the alleged crime from prison, using a network of accomplices.

“Aroke was one of the two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate fraudsters arrested by the EFCC towards the end of 2012, at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, following a tip-off.

“Aroke, who hails from Okene in Kogi state, had claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia.

“However, investigations by the Commission revealed Aroke as the arrow head of an intricate web of an internet fraud scheme that traverses two continents.

“When Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars; a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.

“He was eventually convicted by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery.

“He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on each of the two counts.”

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