Ogun State Police have arrested a 39-year-old woman for allegedly defrauding a church-based organisation of N100 million under the pretence of assisting it to raise fund for its charity programme.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police command’s spokesperson in a statement in Abeokuta yesterday, said the suspect, Iwuagwu Onyinyechi, was nabbed following a petition written on behalf of the victim by a Lagos-based lawyer of the organisation, Barrister Godswill Ojakovo.
According to police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect claimed to have got a Local Purchase Order (LPO) from a property company and appealed to the organisation to help fund the LPO, consequent upon which a sum of N33.118m was transferred into to her bank account.
He said while the organisation was awaiting the repayment of the loan, the suspect came with another two LPOs she claimed to have got from a Catholic Hospital, Iju and a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State, upon which another sum of N77m was given to her, after convincing the organisation with relevant documents and proofs to back her claims.
But as soon as the suspect got the last payment in September 2018, she was nowhere to be found, prompting the organisation to make inquiries about the LPOs she submitted before they discovered it was all forged.
According to DSP Oyeyemi,
“Upon the petition, the Commissioner of Police Ogun State, Ahmed Iliyasu, directed his monitoring team to go after the suspect and bring her to book. The team technically tracked the suspect and got her arrested on January 21, 2019.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime by admitting that the LPOs presented by her were forged and some of the companies she claimed to be the owners of the LPOs, were made up by her.
“Meanwhile, the CP has directed the monitoring team to arraign the suspect in court as soon as the investigations are concluded,”