The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested a suspected fraudster, Obiechina Chikeluba for allegedly swindling a UK citizen of £54,000 (equivalent of N20m) in a romance scam.
Obiechina Chikeluba Photo credit: EFCC
The alleged conman, Chikeluba, said to be a 21-year-old student of Federal Science and Technical College in Yaba, Lagos, met the victim, Kieran Oakes, a UK citizen, on Facebook sometime in 2013, EFCC said in a statement.
The suspect allegedly used the assumed profile of an American, Lisa Jackson, entered into a relationship with Oakes, with the pair agreeing to get married.
“In the course of their relationship, ‘Jackson’ at various times collected money to the tune of £54,000 from Oakes, to enable him travel to the UK to meet her”, according to EFCC.
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After an endless wait for her fiance, it dawned on the Briton that she had been conned, and consequently petitioned the Nigerian anti-graft agency, EFCC.
Operatives of EFCC arrested Chikeluba in a sting operation on February 24, 2015 in Lagos while attempting to collect a parcel sent to him.
He will appear in court as soon as investigation is concluded, EFCC said.